The increasing concern for the value dimension of engineering is, at least in part, a result of the attention that the media has given to cases such as the Challenger disaster, the Kansas City Hyatt-Regency Hotel walkways collapse, and the Exxon oil spill. As a response to this concern, a new discipline, engineering ethics, is emerging. This discipline will doubtless take its place alongside such well-established fields as medical ethics, business ethics, and legal ethics. The problem presented by this development is that most engineering professors are not prepared to introduce literature in engineering ethics into their classrooms. They are most comfortable with quantitative concepts and often do not believe they are qualified to lead class discussions on ethics. Many engineering faculty members do not think that they have the time in an already overcrowded syllabus to introduce discussions on professional ethics, or the time in their own schedules to prepare the necessary material. Hopefully, the resources presented herein will be of assistance.
Acceptance into the second research course for a Junior-Senior Honors thesis must be preceded by approval by the URC of a research proposal and advisor. In addition, the student must submit evidence of having completed a first research course on this project, and as well appropriate Math Department and other courses to support work on the project, and expertise in the area of the project. The submission must be evaluated and approved by the math department URC before registration for the second course of a Junior-Senior honors project, and before completing the relevant online honors in the discipline intention form.