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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Electrical Engineering Cases

Case studies on ethics for electrical engineers

  • A quality assurance engineer must decide whether or not to ship products that might be defective.

  • An intern at a power electronics startup faces unkind comments from a fellow engineer. She suspects that her colleague is prejudice toward female engineers.

  • A computer startup company risks violating copyright laws if it reuses a code that is the intellectual property of another company.

  • A manager at a consumer electronics company struggles over whether or not he should disclose confidential information to a valued customer.

  • A technical sales engineer feels pressure to falsify a sales report in order to prevent the delay of her company's IPO.

  • Employees of a computer hardware company are angered by a manager that demonstrates favoritism.

  • A project engineer believes his company is providing the wrong form of technology to an in-need community in East Africa.

  • In this ethics case, a woman is displeased with her work role at a computer hardware company.

  • A systems engineering company employee quits after getting pressured to falsify product testing paperwork.

  • An African-American electronics design lead wonders whether his colleague's contentious behavior is motivated by racism.