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Former NAE president Wm. A. Wulf encouraged the NAE to address the social responsibilities of engineering in the face of increasing complexity and accelerating environmental and societal change and innovation. In collaboration with the OEC founder Dr. Caroline Whitbeck, Dr. Wulf transferred the OEC to the National Academy of Engineering. Thanks to the generosity of NAE member Harry E. Bovay Jr., the NAE founded CEES in 2007. These funds allowed CEES to establish an advisory group, initiate a number of activities, and begin managing the Online Ethics Center (OEC), a popular electronic repository of resources on engineering ethics. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), CEES has organized workshops and published proceedings on a number of topics, and has been able to improve and enhance the OEC.
To learn more about the history of the OEC, see the OEC history page.
Wm. A. Wulf
Harry E. Bovay