1st Annual Sidney and Anne Braudy and Louis and Edith Manker Workshop on Engineering Management Ethics held on Oct. 30, 2009

On Oct 30, 2009, the Bovay Program for History and Ethics of Engineering at Cornell hosted the Sidney and Ann Braudy and Louis and Edith Manker Workshop on Engineering Management Ethics.

The workshop brought together Master’s level engineering students from across different engineering disciplines, graduate students in the humanities, professors from the Engineering College, the Business School, and the Arts and Sciences College, as well as representatives from industry do discuss ethics at the intersection of engineering and management.

Professor Ron Kline, The Sue B. and Harry E. Bovay Jr. Professor of Engineering Ethics at Cornell gave opening remarks to begin the workshop, followed by Huy Doan, Vice President in Charge of Regulatory Compliance at Welch Allyn Corporation, who spoke about his experiences with the design and production of bio-medical devices. After Mr. Doan’s remarks, the assembled group watched the movie, “Incident at Morales”, a film developed by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics which puts forth issues in engineering management such as environmental considerations, whistleblowing, corporate culture, gender relations, and economic and market considerations. After the film, small groups were formed consisting of 4-5 students with 2-3 professors or industry representatives per group to discuss the issues in the film, and how those issues might be relevant to different types of engineering disciplines.

Representatives from the Engineering College included David Lipson from the Mechanical Engineering Department, John Belina from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Carol Grumbach from the Cornell Ethics in Public Life Program, Dana Radcliff of the Johnson Business School, and Dr. Bob Braudy (’65, ’66).  After the small group discussions, the entire group reconvened to bring the different perspectives of each group to the table. This larger discussion was moderated by Professor Kline.

After the workshop, the students involved expressed enthusiasm for being able to have a direct and engaged discussion with the different faculty and industry representatives in an open forum where concerns and questions were invited for consideration.  It was especially appreciated that the faculty and industry representatives spoke from their own experiences working with engineering projects.

The Bovay program looks forward to hosting a similar workshop in the Fall of 2010.

2009 Braudy Workshop