Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES)

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NAE Program

Latest Update: March 25, 2015
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

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.

Recent Reports
  • The Climate Change Educational Partnership: Climate Change, Engineered Systems, and Society

    This report summarizes three workshops on the interactions of climate change with engineered systems in society and the educational efforts needed to address them. The report includes discussion on defining the problems; examining sociotechnical responses; cross cutting issues such as governance, sustainability, justice, trust, and public engagement; informal and formal education efforts, and perspectives from educators, engineering professional societies, business and industry, policy makers, and Native Americans.

    Author: National Academy of Engineering

  • Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security

    Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security is a study on the ethical, legal, and societal issues relating to the research on, development of, and use of rapidly changing technologies with low barriers of entry that have potential military application, such as information technologies, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology. The report also considers the ethical issues associated with robotics and autonomous systems, prosthetics and human enhancement, and cyber weapons.

    Author: Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Board on Life Sciences; Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society; National Research Council; 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.

Henry E. Bovay, Jr.- Founding Sponsor

Current Supporters:

National Science Foundation