Online Ethics Center

Project Status
December 15, 2020
National Science Foundation and Harry E. Bovay Jr.
Online Ethics Center
Online Ethic Center homepage
The Online Ethics Center provides information, case studies, and resources on ethics in engineering and science.
The Online Ethics Center provides students, educators, and practicing engineers and scientists with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work. The center is now managed by the University of Virginia.

NAE Transitions the Management of the Online Ethics Center to the University of Virginia

The OEC contains a wide range of information, including case studies and references, for ethics and ethics education in engineering and science and focuses on problems that arise in and for the work life of engineers and scientists. Its audience includes practitioners, educators and students, and individuals interested in professional and research ethics.

The OEC website was founded by Professor Caroline Whitbeck and was transferred to the NAE in 2007 through the efforts of former NAE President Wm. A. Wulf, and with the help of a generous gift from NAE member Harry E. Bovay Jr.  A grant from the National Science Foundation made it possible to provide new resources on the OEC designed to assist individuals and institutions seeking to respond to the 2007 America COMPETES Act requirements. As part of this grant the site was redesigned and restructured to improve searches and create a more user-friendly interface.