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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Electrical Engineering Cases

Case studies on ethics for electrical engineers

  • To Ship or Not to Ship

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

  • Time-Sharing Space

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

  • Copyright Concerns

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

  • Disclosure Dilemma

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

  • Going Public

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

  • Onerous Favorites

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

  • Unintended Effects

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

  • Trouble with Training

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

  • A Sinking Situation

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

  • Insurmountable Differences

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