Hold Paramount: The Engineer's Responsibility To Society by P. Aarne VesilindHold Paramount: The Engineer's Responsibility To Society by P. Aarne Vesilind

Hold Paramount: The Engineer's Responsibility To Society

byP. Aarne Vesilind, Alastair S. Gunn

Hardcover | June 1, 2010

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This essential text provides students with practical insight into the engineering code of ethics and how a practicing engineer is obligated to act in a responsible manner. To illustrate the complexities involved with acting in an ethical fashion, the authors have created characters that encounter a number of situations that test the engineering code of ethics. The dialogue between these characters highlights different perspectives of realistic situations that students will face as practicing engineers. As they proceed through the book, students see how the code can help in decision making, as well as the implications of various decisions. The philosophical theory that supports the ethical positions encountered is presented as boxed material following each section.
P. Aarne Vesilind received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina. He spent a post-doctoral year with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo and a year as a research engineer with Bird Machine Company. He joined th...
Title:Hold Paramount: The Engineer's Responsibility To SocietyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:183 pages, 9.2 × 7.3 × 0.33 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Thomson-Engineering (NelsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0495295868

ISBN - 13:9780495295860


Table of Contents

1. DOING THE RIGHT THING.Morals, Obligations to Strangers. Ethics.2. FAITHFUL AGENTS.Technical Expertise and Ethical Obligations. Organization of Professional Engineering. Can We Afford to be Ethical? Engineering Codes of Ethics. Can a Person Stop Being an Engineer? Codes of Ethics and the Environment. Ethically Right for Me?3. ENHANCE HUMAN WELFARE.Moral Responsibility of Engineers.4. HOLD PARAMOUNT.Why Can't Ethicists be as Efficient as Engineers? Life and Death Decisions. Legal Ethics. Jokes About Engineers. Engineers Working Together. A Technical Challenge. Engineering Qualifications. Engineering Triumphs. Engineering Failures. Engineers as Managers. Decision Making: Technical and Ethical Aspects. Consulting with Colleagues.5. SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC.The Moral Status of Animals. Ethical and Legal Obligations. Ethical Dilemmas I. Calculation the Value of Life. Fix Up Your Organization Ethically. Whistleblowing I. Whistleblowing II. Disaster in Kansas City. Ethics and Engineering Education. Options. Ethically Right For Me? II. Acceptable Risk. Trusting the Experts. Deception I. Confidentiality. Loyalty to the Firm.6. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.Tenure in Engineering Schools. Famous Engineers in History. The Reputation Game in Engineering Education. Networking.7. SOLICIT OR ACCEPT GRATUITIES.Deception II. Corporate Gift Policies.8. SELF-LAUDATORY LANGUAGE.Advertising.9. CONTRIBUTIONS IN ORDER TO SECURE WORK.Competitive Bidding. Bribery and Law. When in Rome. Ethical Dilemmas II. Human Rights I. 10. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF OTHERS.The Existential Pleasures of Engineering I. The Existential Pleasures of Engineering II. Engineering and Armaments. Reverence for Life. The Ethics of Asking and the Ethics of Giving. Maintaining the Quality of Engineering Education. Affirmative Action.11. OVERSEAS WORK.Human Rights II. Politicians and Their Reputations.12. UPHOLD THE HONOR AND DIGNITY.Manners. Workplace Harassment.13. WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR EMPLOYERS.Conflict of Interest I. Employee Loyalty.14. AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.Conflict of Interest II. A Paradox. Why Be a Good Engineer?15. OBJECTIVE AND TRUTHFUL MANNER.Professional Respect. Engineers and the Media.Epilogue.