Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World

Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World

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This volume identifies, discusses and addresses the wide array of ethical issues that have emerged for engineers due to the rise of a global economy. To date, there has been no systematic treatment of the particular challenges globalization poses for engineering ethics standards and education. This volume concentrates on precisely this challenge. Scholars and practitioners from diverse national and professional backgrounds discuss the ethical issues emerging from the inherent symbiotic relationship between the engineering profession and globalization. Through their discussions a deeper and more complete understanding of the precise ways in which globalization impacts the formulation and justification of ethical standards in engineering as well as the curriculum and pedagogy of engineering ethics education emerges.

The world today is witnessing an unprecedented demand for engineers and other science and technology professionals with advanced degrees due to both the off-shoring of western jobs and the rapid development of non-Western countries. The current flow of technology and professionals is from the West to the rest of the world. Professional practices followed by Western (or Western-trained) engineers are often based on presuppositions which can be in fundamental disagreement with the viewpoints of non-Westerners. A successful engineering solution cannot be simply technically sound, but also must account for cultural, social and religious constraints. For these reasons, existing Western standards cannot simply be exported to other countries.

Divided into two parts, Part I of the volume provides an overview of particular dimensions of globalization and the criteria that an adequate engineering ethics framework must satisfy in a globalized world. Part II of the volume considers pedagogical challenges and aims in engineering ethics education that is global in character.
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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 15.49mm | 4,453g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015
  • 20 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 282 p. 20 illus.
  • 3319344323
  • 9783319344324

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This volume identifies, discusses and addresses the wide array of ethical issues that have emerged for engineers due to the rise of a global economy. To date, there has been no systematic treatment of the particular challenges globalization poses for engineering ethics standards and education. This volume concentrates on precisely this challenge. Scholars and practitioners from diverse national and professional backgrounds discuss the ethical issues emerging from the inherent symbiotic relationship between the engineering profession and globalization. Through their discussions a deeper and more complete understanding of the precise ways in which globalization impacts the formulation and justification of ethical standards in engineering as well as the curriculum and pedagogy of engineering ethics education emerges.

The world today is witnessing an unprecedented demand for engineers and other science and technology professionals with advanced degrees due to both the off-shoring of western jobs and the rapid development of non-Western countries. The current flow of technology and professionals is from the West to the rest of the world. Professional practices followed by Western (or Western-trained) engineers are often based on presuppositions which can be in fundamental disagreement with the viewpoints of non-Westerners. A successful engineering solution cannot be simply technically sound, but also must account for cultural, social and religious constraints. For these reasons, existing Western standards cannot simply be exported to other countries.

Divided into two parts, Part I of the volume provides an overview of particular dimensions of globalization and the criteria that an adequate engineering ethics framework must satisfy in a globalized world. Part II of the volume considers pedagogical challenges and aims in engineering ethics education that is global in character.
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Table of contents

Introduction.- Part I: Ethical Issues in a Globalized World.- Chapter 1: US Engagement in International Activity in Engineering Ethics; Rachelle Hollander.- Chapter 2: Global Engineering and National Technology Policies: Is There a Conflict?; Hal Salzman and Leonard Lynn.- Chapter 3: International Ethics and Failures: Case Studies; Norb Delatte.- Chapter 4: "Global Engineering Ethics": Re-inventing the Wheel?; Michael Davis.- Chapter 5: Social, Cultural, Political, and Religious Constraints on Designing an Ethnical Framework for Engineering in a Global Context; Noreen Sugrue and Tim McCarthy.- Chapter 6: The Significance of Context in the Reconstitution of Notions of Moral Responsibility in Engineering Ethics; Muhammad Haris.- Chapter 7: Foundations of Global Ethics for Engineering; Peter Kilpatrick.- Chapter 8: International Ethics: A Case Study in the Construction Industry; George Wang.- Chapter 9: Engineering and Climate Change: Why the Choice of Ethical Perspective Matters; Khalid Mir.- Chapter 10: Enriching Engineering Ethics with Development Ethics: A Proposal to Draw on the CA; Ilse Oosterlaken.- Chapter 11: Importance of Professional Ethics to Information Technology; Sajjad Mohsin and Sadaf Sajjad.- Chapter 12: Resources for Overcoming the Challenges of Teaching Engineering Ethics in an International Context; Brock Barry.- Chapter 13: Responsible Conduct of Research Training for Engineers: Adapting Research Ethics Training for Engineering Graduate Students; Sara Jordan and Philip Gray.- Chapter 14: A Cross Cultural Comparison of Engineering Ethics Education: Chile and United States; Ruth I. Murrugarra and William A. Wallace.- Chapter 15: Integrating the Ethics Dimension in Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Engineering at Qatar University: Challenges and Future Outlook; Ramazan Kahraman and Majeda Khraisheh.- Chapter 16: Training Responsible Engineers for Global Contexts; William Frey.- Chapter 17: Toward a Global Engineering (Ethics) Curriculum; Eugene Moriarty.
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About Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy is an Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy and Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on engineering ethics, the ethics of risk and on transitional justice in post-conflict societies. She is the author of A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press). Professor Murphy was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values. Her research has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Qatar National Research Fund.

Paolo Gardoni is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the development and use of probabilistic methods to model the impact of natural and human-made hazards on interdependent structural and infrastructural systems. He has been working on several multidisciplinary projects encompassing different areas including engineering, public policy, and ethics. Professor Gardoni is the director of the Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center, established in 1997 by the National Science Foundation as one of three national earthquake engineering research centers. He is also the associate director of the Community Resilience Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Hassan Bashir is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University at Qatar. His areas of research interest include Political Theory, Non-Western political thought and moral dimensions of globalization. His recent work focuses on inter-cultural political theory, history of political thought, Asian Politics and non-state actors in international relations. Dr. Bashir is the author of Europe and the Eastern Other: Comparative Perspectives on Politics, Religion and Culture before the Enlightenment (Lexington Books - 2013). He is also the editor of Co-existing in a Globalized World: Key Themes in Inter-professional Ethics (Lexington Books -2013) and Global Citizenship and Multiculturalism: Political, Cultural and Ethical Perspectives (Forthcoming 2015). Dr. Bashir is the Founding Director of The initiative in Professional Ethics at Texas A&M University - Qatar.

Charles E. (Ed) Harris, Jr. is a former Professor of Philosophy and former holder of the Sue and Harry Bovay Professorship in the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering at Texas A&M University. His specialty is applied and professional ethics. He and his co-authors have published a textbook in engineering ethics. He has also published a textbook in applied ethics and numerous articles in professional and applied ethics.

Eyad Masad is a Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and the Mechanical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. He teaches courses in engineering and ethics and has organized several workshops on professional ethics. He is also the Co-Founding Director of The initiative in Professional Ethics at Texas A&M University at Qatar.
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