Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Engineering Ethics: A Critical Dimension of The Profession


School of Engineering


Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Date Range



Engineering has always had a massive impact on human health and welfare. Unfortunately, the public only realizes the magnitude of this impact when very few engineering disasters occur, like huge oil spells in the sea or the failure of an aero-plane or a building. This is in spite of the plethora of engineering systems working perfectly around the clock to enhance every miniature aspect of public health and welfare. The ethical dimension of the engineering profession deals with the interaction with the public. However, engineering ethics are critical for reasons beyond keeping out of legal trouble and guarding the health and safety of humans. Ethics are necessary for the survival and continuity of the profession itself, amongst other reasons. Therefore, engineering codes of ethics have been set by professional societies and engineering ethics have been emphasized by accreditation organizations to be an integral part of the engineering curricula. In addition, ethics is the framework that allows the handling of evolving issues related to the profession of engineering. In the midst of this huge dimension, the engineering instructor is challenged to incorporate engineering ethics in a packed curriculum. This paper will provide a quick overview of the basic concepts and definitions of engineering ethics as well as the importance of studying engineering ethics. Moreover, somesuggested strategies and best practices to integrate engineering ethics in the curriculum will be discussed.

Conference Name

IEEE EDUCON 2011 - Engineering Education 2011

Conference Location

Amman, Jordan

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