IEEE Technology and Society Magazine

Issue 3 • Sept.-Oct. 1990

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  • Engineers as revolutionaries

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):11 - 18
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    It is argued that a technology-driven revolution characterized by an exponentially changing reality is underway. Three categories of problems that result from these changes and cause social stress are discussed. They are: unanticipated consequences; inertial innovation, which is the continuous delivery of ever more sophisticated, higher cost technologies (e.g. defense and medical technology); and ... View full abstract»

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  • Damned if you do and damned if you don't satellite launch

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):20 - 21
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    A hypothetical situation involving the launch of a satellite and the ethical questions it raises are discussed. The satellite is launched during a storm and is destroyed by lightning. The question is whether to comply with formal procedures and respect the chain-of-command, leaving questionable decisions to those who supposedly know how to make them well, or to intervene (by subterfuge if necessar... View full abstract»

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  • Science, technology and society education for engineers

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):22 - 26
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    The value of exposing engineering students to social issues raised by science and technology is discussed. A required engineering course at Lafayette College, 'Engineering Professionalism and Ethics', which is designed to provide all engineering majors with an introduction to science, technology, and society topics, is described. Experience with the course is evaluated.<> View full abstract»

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  • Bridging the gap between education and industry expectations in Africa

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):27 - 29
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    The problem of developing, at the university level, an approach that is not only responsive to regional problems, but also keeps abreast of changes in technology, is discussed. It is stressed that successful development of industry depends on the availability of a competent engineering workforce. The relationship between industry and universities in Africa is examined in the context of meeting bot... View full abstract»

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  • International technical education: a comparative study of five countries

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):29 - 32
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    The criteria used in the US by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for evaluating engineering programs are summarized. As an example, one university's electrical engineering curriculum is presented to illustrate how it meets the ABET criteria. The illustration also provides detailed aspects of the ABET requirements. Other countries' educational philosophies (Japan, Federa... View full abstract»

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The following topics describe the scope of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (IEEE SSIT) and of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine : Health and safety implications of technology, Engineering ethics and professional responsibility, Engineering education in social implications of technology, History of electrotechnology, Technical expertise and public policy, Social issues related to energy, Social issues related to information technology, Social issues related to telecommunications, Systems analysis in public policy decisions, Economic issues related to technology, Peace technology, and Environmental implications of technology. Beyond these specific topics, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine  is concerned with the broad area of the social implications of technology, especially electrotechnology.

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