Case Studies

In this weekly seminar we study ethics in theory and in practice. We read and consider portions of works by some of history’s greatest and most influential ethical thinkers. Meanwhile, we examine ethical decision making in real-life engineering situations. The engineering CASE STUDIES we read and discuss in the Regular version are drawn from a wide range of fields, and include:

  • Engineering disasters
  • Covid vaccine distribution among wealthy and poor countries
  • AI bias
  • A NYC skyscraper in danger of collapse
  • The Volkswagen emissions scandal
  • Addressing climate change
  • Racism and informed consent in clinical trials
  • Using CRISPR to manipulate animal and human genomes
  • Effects of social media on people’s lives and on society
  • The power, promise, and dangers of rapidly advancing AI capabilities

We work hard to find short readings that are interesting and thought-provoking.