2nd Annual Sidney and Anne Braudy and Louis and Edith Manker Workshop on Engineering Management Ethics held on Oct. 22, 2010

Braudy Workshop

The 2nd annual Sidney and Anne Braudy and Louis and Edith Manker Workshop on Engineering Management Ethics was held on Oct. 22, 2010.  After opening remarks by Prof. Ron Kline, Dr. John Callister, the Harvey Kinzelberg Director for Entrepreneurship in Engineering at Cornell, gave a talk that analyzed known cases in engineering ethics, including the Gulf Coast oil gusher, and also presented reflections on safety and cost issues that he himself had been involved in when working in the auto industry.  After the talk, the entire group watched the film, Incident at Morales, as had been done the previous year. After that, discussions of the issues in the film were conducted in small groups of 1-2 facilitators and 4-5 students each.  Facilitators included Dr. Bob Braudy (’65, ’66) and Judi Braudy, Dr. Park Doing from the Bovay Program in History and Ethics of Engineering, Dr. Dana Radcliffe from the Johnson Business School, as well as Prof. Kline and Dr. Callister. Students from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, The Johnson Business School, Information Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Financial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Science and Technology Studies, and Engineering Management were represented.

After the small group sessions, the entire group reconvened to discuss the issues raised in the small group discussions. Some of the issues brought up had to do with rivalries and tensions between different groups in organizations, like sales, engineering, and operations that can lead to situations of higher risk. At the close of the workshop, Dr. Braudy shared from his own experience with regard to compromise between financial pressure and safety. In student comments, many students pointed to the facilitators sharing of their own experiences as an appreciated and strong point of the workshop.

2010 Braudy Workshop