Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES)

Areas of Interest:

Ethics

Project Type:

NAE Program

Latest Update: February 3, 2014
The Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) focuses the talents of the nation on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a profession and an agent of innovation.
Primary Contact: Rachelle Hollander
202.334.3068

Addressing Issues

CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice. These issues arise for individual engineers and scientists as well as for social organizations and institutions. CEES projects engage a wide audience to help improve ethics education and enhance social responsibility in engineering and science.

Sharing Knowledge

CEES manages the Online Ethics Center (OEC), a popular electronic repository of resources on science, engineering, and research ethics, for engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens. CEES also organizes public workshops, educational activities, publishes informative materials, collaborates with educators and students, and hosts ethics video contests to expand its reach.

Expanding Perspectives

To include diverse perspectives in ethics discussion, CEES activities and advisors include experts and citizens from a wide variety of fields and public and private organizations: community representatives and local leaders as well as members of the National Academies and other experts in science and engineering; ethics; public policy; and science, technology, and society studies.

For further information on CEES and its origins, see the history page.

CEES Reports
  • Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators

    Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators is the summary of a workshop convened in December 2012 to consider best practices for ethics education programs in science and engineering. The workshop focused on four key areas: goals and objectives for ethics instruction, instructional assessment, institutional and research cultures, and development of guidance checklists for instructors and administrators.

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

  • Engineering, Social Justice, and Sustainable Community Development

    Engineering, Social Justice, and Sustainable Community Development is the first in a series of biennial workshops on the theme of engineering ethics and engineering leadership. This workshop addresses conflicting positive goals for engineering projects in impoverished areas and areas in crisis.
    These conflicts arise domestically as well as in international arenas.

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

  • Ethics Education and Scientific and Engineering Research

    The complexity and competitiveness in research environments, the prevalence of interdisciplinary and international involvement in research projects, and the close coupling of commerce and academia have created an ethically challenging environment for young scientists and engineers. For the past several decades, federal research agencies have supported mentoring and ethics training as part of graduate education in research.

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

Project Status
In Progress
Online Ethics Center
Online Ethic Center homepage
The Online Ethics Center provides information, case studies, and resources on ethics in engineering and science.
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