By Ibo van de Poel

That includes quite a lot of overseas case reviews, Ethics, expertise, and Engineering offers a different and systematic process for engineering scholars to accommodate the moral matters which are more and more inherent in engineering perform. * makes use of a scientific method of moral case research -- the moral cycle -- which includes a wide selection of real-life overseas case reports together with the Challenger area trip, the bring in of loose company and biofuels. * Covers a huge diversity of subject matters, together with ethics in layout, hazards, accountability, sustainability, and rising applied sciences * can be utilized together with the net ethics device Agora ( * presents engineering scholars with a transparent advent to the most moral theories * comprises an intensive word list with key words

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An example of a whistle-blower is given in the boxed case on Inez Austin. The term whistle-blowing is used if an employee discloses certain abuses in a company in which he/she is employed without the consent of his/her superiors and in order to remedy these abuses and/or to warn the public about these abuses (cf. Martin and Schinzinger, 1996, p. 247). Abuses do not only include the endangerment of public health, safety, or the environment but also indictable offences, violation of the law and of legislation, deception of the public or the government, corruption, fraud, destroying or manipulating information, and abuse of power, including sexual harassment and discrimination.

There is no agreement on what characteristics are exactly required to call an occupation a profession. The following characteristics are often mentioned (see, for example, Layton, 1971; Noble, 1977; Disco, 1990): Profession Often mentioned characteristics of a profession include: 1) use of specialized knowledge and skills; 2) a monopoly on the carrying out of the occupation; 3) assessment only possible by peers. In addition the following two requirements are also sometimes mentioned: 4) service orientation to society; and 5) ethical standards.

Indd 36 1/26/2011 1:30:16 AM Codes of Conduct 37 As Szilárd feared that the Germans might be able to develop an atomic bomb, he began to look for ways to persuade the US government also to do so. In August 1939, he succeeded in convincing Einstein in signing a letter to President Roosevelt in which they warned for the developments in Germany and urged for more American studies on the subject. The letter eventually reached Roosevelt in October 1939, and contributed to the establishment of the socalled Manhattan Project, a large research project in the US that would eventually result in the production of atomic bombs.

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