Release Date: February 11, 2016
Washington, DC, February 11, 2016 – After a two-year redesign, today the National Academy of Engineering Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC) has relaunched its website. Previously focused primarily on engineering and research, the redesigned OEC site has expanded to encompass ethics issues in science. The project was undertaken with the cooperation of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine and in collaboration with the Ethics Education Library of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
The mission of the site is to provide engineers, scientists, faculty, and students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant issues that arise in scientific and engineering practice and from developments in science and engineering; and to serve those who promote learning and understanding of responsible research and practice in engineering and science. The members of the Advisory Committee that oversees the project are leaders in ethics, the sciences, and engineering, and members of the three National Academies.
The new site features a resource collection of case studies, educational activities, and bibliographies, among other materials; information on various ethics topics and on how to teach ethics; and tools that will enable recognition of those who author and contribute resources. Over the project’s next three years, six Content Editorial Boards will identify, develop, and evaluate materials to expand the resource collection, and the Outreach and Engagement Group will work with professional societies, other organizations, and the Content Editorial Boards to meet the needs of students, educators, and practitioners. The focus areas of the Content Editorial Boards are Engineering; Life and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Research Ethics; and International Ethics.
Founded in 1964, the US National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.