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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Mechanical Engineering Cases

Case studies on ethics for mechanical engineers

  • An Introduction to Data Ethics

    A resource for data science courses

    This stand-alone, plug and play ethics module for data science courses includes a reading, assignments, case studies, and exercises.

  • An Introduction to Software Engineering Ethics

    This stand-alone, plug and play ethics module for software engineering courses includes a reading, assignments, case studies, and exercises.

  • Off the Clock

    A recently promoted manager at an industrial engineering company discovers that factory workers are asked to work more than eight hours a day without getting paid overtime.

  • Unintended Effects

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

  • A Sinking Situation

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

  • A Situation Unfiltered

    A manager at a nonprofit mechanical engineering firm questions how responsible her company should be for ongoing maintenance on past projects.

  • Is the Customer Always Right?

    Should a production engineer prioritize a customer's desires over safety?