Engineering Ethical Challenges

September 23, 2016

Please feel free to identify a resource below that you, and your Student Advisor, agree will be the most effective for your EK 100 discussion on ethics in engineering. You are also welcome to use your own materials as well! Contact Jane Lesniewski in the Undergraduate Programs Office with any questions, or for any material requests.


Article Discussion Questions
What was Volkswagen Thinking?
Volkswagen Scandal Reaches All the Way to the Top
Peanut Corp. of America Scandal
Of Peanuts and Prosecutions
Why Edward Snow is a Hero
Why Edward Snow is No Hero
More Students Cheat Questions
Collapse of Big Dig Ceiling in Boston Tied to Glue Questions
Big Dig Light Fixture Questions
Columbia Accident Investigation Board Questions
Defects & Deceptions: The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve Questions
Explaining Disasters: The Case for Preventive Ethics
Harvard Cheating Scandal Questions
Dartmouth Cheating Scandal Questions
The Ethical Code for Medical and Biological Engineers…

Guidant Heart Implant Recall

Maker Recalls Heart Devices
Pacemakes by Guidant Have Flaw
New Report of Problems at Guidant

Case Studies

Academic Conduct Case Study
Academic Case Studies
National Academy of Engineering Case Studies

Ethics Codes

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) – Code of Ethics
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – Code of Ethics
American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) – Code of Ethics
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) – Code of Ethics
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – Code of Ethics


Videos on academic integrity are available per request through the Undergraduate Programs Office. Please be mindful that Real Player must be installed to play these videos on a laptop. Your department may have video equipment you can use, if you can not supply your own.