Penn State College of Engineering
Engineering Ethics Web Site
Welcome. This site was developed in
Rock Ethics Institute for the use of engineering faculty
and students in courses that address problems that have ethical
Engineering ethics is about solving
problems and designing products in ways that provide the most
benefit to society, i.e., arriving at the best solution (or
at least a good one). This clearly involves being able to rationally
and thoughtfully evaluate all of the considerations that define
the "good" solution. Emphasis here is on the process of how
one does this. It requires understanding ethical principles,
methods to resolve dilemmas (where principles are in conflict),
and practice at applying these methods and principles to real
For more info, see Moral Imagination.
the positive guidelines we use to guide our behavior
and the systematic study of those guidelines.
Mitcham and R. Shannon Duvall,
Engineering Ethics, Prentice Hall, 1999
is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and
the diversity of its workforce.