Preliminary Program

ETHICS
FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
BASED INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES

September 14-17, 1997
Regal University Hotel
Durham, North Carolina

Co-Chairs
Ray Spier
University of Surrey, UK

Steve Nichols
University of Texas

Carl Skooglund
Texas Instruments

Co-Sponsors:
The Ethics Officers Association
The National Society for Professional Engineers
The National Institute for Engineering Ethics
Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics

Engineering Foundation Conferences
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Sunday: 14th September, 1997

16:00 - 18:00 Registration

18:00 - 20:00 Dinner

20:00 - 21:30 Plenary Opening Lecture:
Operating on an uneven playing field Or: Fairness in international transactions
TOM WHITE
(Deputy Director, Office of Investment Affairs, US Department of State,
Chief US representative to the Foreign Commercial Bribery talks of the OECD)

21:30 - 22:30 Reception

Monday: 15th September, 1997

07:00 - 08:45 Breakfast Buffet

09:00 - 10:00 Introduction
CARL SKOOGLUND

(Vice-President, Ethics, Texas Instruments)

The purpose(s) and format of the conference
RAY SPIER
(Microbial Engineer, Co-Editor, Science and Engineering Ethics, University of Surrey, UK)

  • The different sources of ethical guidelines -philosophical, religious, cultural, legal.
  • Sources of ethical standards: religious cultural and legal.
  • Recent work in philosophical ethics
    CAROLINE WHITBECK
    (Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics, Case Western Reserve University)

    10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

    10:30- 12:30 Resolving conflicts derived from people operating from different ethical foundations
    VIVIAN WEIL

    (Director, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology)

    Overview and Introductory lecture(s) on Inducements to cover:-

    - what is a bribe?
    MICHAEL PRITCHARD
    (Professor of Philosophy, Western Michigan University)

    -when does a quid pro quo become an improper inducement?
    STEPHEN UNGER

    (Information Technologist, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, NY)

    - when do national (governmental) considerations/politics obtrude into deal acquisition resulting in an unethical distortion of the market?
    CARL SKOOGLUND
    (Vice-President, Ethics, Texas Instruments)

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 - 15:30 The perspective of the USA on inducements
    ALAN YUSPEH, JD

    (Coordinator for the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct)

    The perspective of the Europeans on inducements
    MANUEL LEZERTUA
    (Head of Unit on Organised & Economic Crime, Directorate of Legal Affairs, Council of Europe

    The SEAsian perspective on inducements TBA
    15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break

    16:00 - 17:30 General Discussion on Inducements and their influence on international trade with the object of defining just and fair conditions for such a trade which can be applied internationally.

    DISCUSSION LEADERS: SKOOGLUND, SPIER, NICHOLS

    18:30 - 21:30 Dinner

    During the 3 hour dinner break (5-8 pm), a group will formulate a document, based on the afternoon's discussion, which embodies the just and fair conditions for international trade with particular emphasis on inducements.

    EVENING SESSION

    21:30 - 23:00 Discussion of the document with a view to its adoption by the conference.

    23:00 - 00:00 Social Hour

    Tuesday 16th, September, 1997

    07:00 - 08:45 Breakfast Buffet

    09:00 - 10:30 Methods of teaching Ethics to Engineers
    JIM SMITH

    (Director, Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas Tech);
    STEVEN NICHOLS
    (Mechanical Engineer and Lawyer, Director of Unit, University of Texas)

    Resolving Ethical Questions which arise from ongoing shop-floor activities with particular reference to defects in products or in the documentation of the product generating process.

    The Engineer's responsibility for quality
    MICHAEL LOUI

    (Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois)

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

    11:00 - 12:30 Overview of the treatment of defect situations in large multinational organizations to cover such areas as:

    **Industrial procedures such as QA and QC and the definition of responsibilities and responsible individuals within corporations,

    **Processes for generating feed-back from the field,

    **Legal liabilities and governmental requirements,

    Tuesday 16th, September, 1997

    **Impact of the media on product definition and the manufacturing process

    **International standards and the definition of defects

    **Social costs of defects

    **Cross cultural problems in design and manufacture

    RONALD BENGELINK (Director, Ed Wells Initiative, Boeing Corp. Seattle)
    DON GOTTERBARN (Chair of the IEEE/ACM Joint Task Force on Software
    Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices)
    KEITH MILLER (University of Illinois at Springfield)

    12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

    14:00 - 15:30 The handling of defects from the perspective of a USA company
    GEORGE LANE
    (Senior Counsel in charge of Ethics and Government Contracts for the Harris Corporation)

    The handling of defects from the perspective of a European company
    TBA

    The handling of defects from the perspective of a S.E. Asian company
    TBA

    15:30 -16:00 Tea Break

    16:00 - 17:30 General discussion on the handling of defects in multinational companies with a view to defining an internationally acceptable procedure for handling such situations.

    DISCUSSION TO BE LED BY GOTTERBARN, PRITCHARD

    17:30 - 20:30 Dinner

    During the 3 hour dinner break (5-8 pm), a group will formulate a document, based on the afternoon's discussion, which embodies acceptable procedures for handling defect situations.

    20:30 -22:00 Discussion of the document with a view to its adoption by the conference.

    22:00 - 23:00 Social Hour

    Wednesday 17th September, 1997

    07:00 - 08:45 Breakfast Buffet

    09:00 - 10:30 An examination of the intramural and extramural responsibilities of companies in their efforts to generate benefits for society
    STEVEN NICHOLS

    (Mechanical Engineer and Lawyer, Director of Unit, University of Texas)

    An examination of the paradigm of sustainability and its application to large multinational corporations
    JOE HERKERT
    (Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, North Carolina State University)

    10:30 -11:00 Coffee Break

    11:00 - 12:30 Methods of funding R & D

    The perspective of the OECD
    UDO PRETSCHKER

    (Principle Administrator, OECD, Paris; Secretary of the Working Party Public Support for Industry

    The perspective of the University
    RAY SPIER
    (Microbial Engineer, Co-Editor, Science and Engineering Ethics, University of Surrey, UK)

    12:30 - 14:00 General Discussion of methods of funding R & D with a view to the instigation of systems which may be more just and fair with special regard to the international situation

    Possible topics for discussion at the next such conference.

    14:00 Lunch and Adjournment

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