Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES)

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December 16, 2020
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  • NAE Report Showcases Exemplary Engineering Ethics Programs
    Thu, February 18, 2016
    The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) has released Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers , showcasing 25 engineering programs at colleges and universities across the nation that are exemplary in their approach to infusing ethics ...
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  • 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.

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
  • Logo Institute
    This publication presents 25 activities and programs that are exemplary in their approach to infusing ethics into the development of engineering students. It is intended to serve as a resource for institutions of higher education seeking to enhance their efforts in this area.
    Authoring institutionCenter for Engineering Ethics and Society; National Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateFebruary 18, 2016
  • Logo Institute
    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, ...
    Authoring institutionNational Academy of Engineering
    Publication DateAugust 28, 2014
  • ISBN978-0-309-29334-1
    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 ...
    Authoring institutionComputer 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
    Publication DateJanuary 1, 2014
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