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Saturday, 30th June 2007

Engineering: NAE Launches Online Ethics Center

NAE Launches Online Ethics Center

The National Academy of Engineering is launching the Online Ethics Center (OEC), a Web site whose purpose is twofold: to provide engineers and engineering students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems; and to assist educators in promoting ethics in both engineering research and practice. The OEC site is part of NAE's new Engineering Ethics Center.

The OEC has been a major online resource for the field of engineering ethics since its inception at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the early 1990s; it later flourished at Case Western Reserve University. The site owes its existence to the founding leadership and continuing direction of Professor Caroline Whitbeck. She and NAE President Wm. A. Wulf were the motivating forces for its transfer to the Academy. The Web site address remains http://www.onlineethics.org/.
At NAE, the OEC has retained much of its previous content for the major users of the site -- faculty and students, who access OEC materials for course preparation and assignments, and practitioners and researchers.

The site's current version is divided into six major sections. Two focus on topics that deal with science, technology, and society: "Computers and New Technology," and "Safety and the Environment." Another section contains a broad array of topics in education. And the three remaining sections -- "Employment and Legal Issues," "Professional Practice," and "Responsible Research" -- are about issues in the conduct of science and engineering.

Source: National Academy of Engineering


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