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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Engineering Ethics

Engineering students work on a project for Happy Hollow Park

Student engineers work on a a module that will involve identification of animal sounds for Happy Hollow Park.

Focusing on ethical issues confronting professionals, the Center offers materials to help engineers identify and respond to dilemmas they face.

Case Studies

The Center's Hackworth Engineering Ethics Fellows have collected case studies from more than 30 SCU alumni about ethical issues they had encountered during their careers.  Our site also offers an extended case study in engineering ethics from former Holy Cross President Michael McFarland, S.J.


An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics is a brief teaching module that can be dropped into engineering courses and used by teachers and students with no prior background in ethics.

Ethical Considerations in the Senior Design Project

A resource to assist senior engineering students at Santa Clara University in identifying and navigating ethical considerations in the senior design project.

Commentary on Engineering Ethics