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Latest Update: November 27, 2013
The Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society engages current and future engineering leaders in industry and academia as well as representatives of public and private organizations and government in examining the ethical and societal challenges of engineering.
As globalization leads to increasing interaction among regions and peoples of the world, ethical questions raised by technological development and innovation also become more complex.As key players in the design, testing, implementation, and evaluation of technological innovations, engineers and engineering organizations must lead in identifying and responding to the social and ethical issues that emerge with those innovations.
A crucial part of the mission of CEES is to manage the NAE Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research (OEC), an online resource for practitioners, educators, students, and others interested in professional and research ethics. CEES and the OEC sponsor activities that involve multi-disciplinary examinations of the ethical and societal issues in engineering and research.
The mission of CEES and the OEC is:
- To identify and examine issues in engineering, ethics, and society, drawing on expertise and diverse perspectives;
- To promote research on engineering ethics, and support the teaching and practice of engineering ethics;
- To develop and provide—to engineers, engineering students, and engineering organizations—resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work and research; and
- To serve those who promote learning and advance the understanding of responsible research and practice in engineering.