1995 NSF Workshop

NUMERICAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH ETHICS CASES 

FOR USE IN REQUIRED

UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING COURSES

From a National Science Foundation/Bovay Fund Sponsored Workshop at
Texas A&M University


Background:

In August of 1995 thirty-five faculty from around the nation, supported by the National Science Foundation, joined eight undergraduate fellows, supported by the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Ethics Endowment, for a one-week workshop on the campus of Texas A&M University to achieve an innovative goal. That goal was to develop engineering ethics resource material that could be easily introduced at all levels of the engineering curriculum and in all engineering disciplines. To accomplish this task, it was decided that the development of a new set of engineering ethics cases which would include numerical problems would be the best course of action. The numerical and ethical problems based on these new cases could then find a niche in many required undergraduate engineering courses as home-work problems, quiz problems or lecture demonstration problems. There were thirty-six faculty participants (including a visitor from Mexico). All of the participants from this workshop are dedicated to helping you use these cases as effectively as possible.

Chemical Engineering Cases:

Case Level For Use In Suggested Courses Author
Superphosphates 2, 3 Mass and Energy Balances, Fluids Carlos Busot
Cotton Gin Dust Abatement 2, 3, 4 Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering John Shumbera
Marginal Environmental Returns 2, 3 Thermodynamics Jason Swoboda
Chateau La Bomb 2, 3, 4 Thermodynamics Tim Wick
Numerical Problems for Gilbane Gold 2, 3, 4 Environmental Engineering, Mass and Energy Balances, Engineering Ethics Mark Holtzapple

Civil Engineering Cases:

Case Level For Use In Suggested Courses Author
Parking Structure Foundation 4 Reinforced Concrete Design David Fletcher
Weston Wastewater Treatment Case 4 Wastewater Engineering David Veshosky
The Sinking Tower 3, 4 Soils, Capstone Design Borns, Fletcher, & Veshosky

Heat Pump Ethics Case

3, 4

Heat Transfer

Wayne Helmer

Heat Transfer Ethics Case

3, 4

Heat Transfer

Wayne Helmer

H.V.A.C. Design Ethics Case

3, 4

Heat Transfer

Wayne Helmer

Electrical Engineering Cases:

Case Level For Use In Suggested Courses Author
Computer Encryption 1, 2, 3, 4 Computer Science Jeremy Hanzlik
Defective Chips 1 Intro to Engr Jeremy Hanzlik
Control Design 2, 3 Digital Design Ottis Barron
Calculator Display 1 Intro to Engineering, Computer Science Wally Roth
Database Discredited 1, 2, 3, 4 Computer Science Wally Roth
Missile Explosion 1, 2 Physics II, E-M I Derek Mahaffey
Cellular Phones 4 Antenna Thy/Des Michael Hamid
High Voltage Lines 3 Antenna Thy/Des Michael Hamid
Underbidding the Job 2, 3, 4 Intro to Engineering Joseph Wujek
Software Testing 3, 4 All Design Joseph Wujek
TV Station Reliability 3, 4 Circuit Design Cajetan Akujuobi
Toaster Short Circuit 2 Circuits I Roy Voshall

Mechanical Engineering Cases:

Case
Level
For Use In Suggested Courses
Author
Nuclear Plant Heat Exchanger Problems
3, 4
Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer
Ryan Wilhelmsen
To Ship or not to Ship
2, 3, 4
Strength of Materials, Engineering Statistics, Materials Properties
Michael Latcha and William Jordan
Specifications for a Conflict
2, 3, 4
Mechanical Design, Materials Properties, Strength of Materials
Michael Latcha and William Jordan
Light Duty Step Ladder
2, 3
Strength of Materials
D.Y. Yannitell
How far Should the Design Go?
2, 3, 4
Strength of Materials, Mechanical Design
Jeffrey Layton
Hyperbaric & Hypobaric Chambers
2, 3, 4
Mechanical Design, Materials Properties, Strength of Materials
Alan Letton
Mount Dioxin
3
Fluid Mechanics, Statics
Edmund Tsang