1st Edition

Ethics, Politics, and Whistleblowing in Engineering

Edited By Nicholas Sakellariou, Rania Milleron Copyright 2019
    286 Pages
    by CRC Press

    224 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The aim of this book is to generate a strong operational ethic in the work of engineers from all disciplines. It provides numerous examples of engineers who sought to meet the highest ethical standards, risking both professional and personal retaliations. In short, it presents the fields of engineering ethics in the context of actual conflict situations on the job, and points to an urgent need for a strong ethical framework for the profession. This book is about engineering students and practitioners truly understanding, valuing, and championing their wider critical role. Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and champion of engineers, wrote the preface.


    • Presents various viewpoints which hail from a wide variety of disciplines in the engineering, science, and technology communities.
    • Includes a mix of historical and contemporary examples, a list of relevant television series and documentaries for engineers, as well as links to informative websites for practicing engineers and engineering students.
    • Examines engineering professionalism as related to the imperative of sustainable development.
    • Provides numerous examples of corporate whistleblowing and ethical dilemmas in engineering.
    • Includes a foreword written by consumer advocate Ralph Nader.


    Introduction. Engineering Leadership. The Engineers as Heroes. The Engineers as Advocates. The Savvy Engineer. Daily Practice. Professional Responsibility in the Workplace. Learning on the Job: Disasters and Standards. Designing for the 21st Century. Whistleblowing on your Watch. Raising the Bar. A Commitment to Engineering Excellence. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.


    Dr. Rania Milleron is a medical researcher and public health advocate, with a passion for controlling infectious diseases and understanding the mechanisms of human infectious diseases. She obtained a Master of Science at Harvard University and a PhD at The University of Texas Medical Branch, and refined her knowledge base in a postdoctoral fellowship in cell biology and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Most recently, she managed a project designed to show how conscientious engineering produces more health and safety and other superior results.


    Dr. Nicholas Sakellariou is a professor of engineering ethics at California Polytechnic State University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published numerous journal articles in the area of ethics.

    "A wonderful and comprehensive collection of well written articles to inform the reader about sustainable engineering and also to educate about practice and promise of engineering. A unique characteristic and strength of this book is the emphasis on critiques of engineering, rather than on ethics of engineering.

    The book will be an invaluable learning resource to all engineering students in order to become critically aware of how their technical work will not only preserve but also improve the quality of life of society."

    ~Dr. Ignatios Vakalis, California Polytechnic State University

    "[Ethics, Politics, and Whistleblowing in Engineering] will be a valuable resource both for engineers looking to expand their ethical horizon as well as scholars of engineering ethics, engineering studies, and engineering and policy."

    ~Dr. Joseph Herkert, North Carolina State University