This book is a key introduction to Ethics in Engineering, providing professionals at all stages of their career with guidance on navigating the increasingly complex world of practicing engineering ethically on an international scale. Engineering professionals face a duty to uphold reliable and trustworthy behaviour when working across all disciplines and industries. Accuracy and rigour are essential parts of the modern workplace, and are increasingly of concern to practicing engineers. Using case studies to highlight examples of issues within the workplace and how these can be appropriately handled, this book is an accessible tool through which engineers can gain confidence in dealing with ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Touching upon safety, risk, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and intellectual property, alongside sustainability and environmental matters, the book focuses on hot topics which are fast becoming day-to-day issues dealt with by engineers. The book will be suitable for engineers of all disciplines, alongside students looking to become professional Chartered engineers.
Table of Contents
1. Ethics in the professional context 2. The ethical basis for engineering activities 3. Ethical responsibilities to consumers and customers 4. Safety and risk 5. The debate on AI and Autonomous Systems 6. Ethics in the management of intellectual property 7. Environmental matters and sustainability 8. Being professional 9. Finale 10. References Annexes: Annex 1 Extract from the IET Rules of Conduct Annex 2 UKSPEC Annex 3 Some case studies 3.1 The Volkswagen Case 3.2 The McDonnel Douglas DC10 Cargo Bay Doors 3.3 Ethical conflicts for western firms in China – The case of Google 3.4 The Mirage of Product Safety 3.5 The Firestone Tyre Company 3.6 The Ford Pinto Case 3.7 The Golden Gate Bridge 3.8 The Challenger Disaster Annex 4 Intellectual Property Index
Anthony Bainbridge has a background in power and aerospace technology and engineering and works as a business consultant and mentor for small and start-up businesses. He currently teaches at the University of Bath.