Teaching Ethics in Engineering and Design, the Necessity of Concurrent Engineering.

DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Gonz, Carlos Alberto
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1 Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico; 2 Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain
Section: Teaching Design Education Methods
Page(s): 700-705
ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8


Mechatronics engineering is a discipline, which links together three different areas: mechanics, electronics and digital systems. This major, has proven its use in industry, it allows them to have professionals with integral knowledge and an overall notion of the developments of most machines that are working in the industry. Currently any process in a factory or business strives to become automatised and as such, this tendency has come to be widely regarded as the aim of any developing industry today.
Simultaneously, automation could come to be a problem when the engineer masterminding the operation of creating a new system does not have an integral formation with ethics at its core. Raw knowledge and the union of different theories and ideas will not guarantee an efficient and reliable new system for every stakeholder. For this reason it is relevant to create and teach a procedure to design a new methodology constructed on ethics, in order to design products and processes with a social and sustainable vision and, of course, high revenues.
The main goal of pretty much any major is to provide society with the means and tools to improve, to fix and to create. In particular to design from ethics is to incorporate an innovate engineering approach, the designers will realize that as members of a society there is responsibility and thus, they must be instructed and their endeavours must contain a strong set of principles, rights and values that can be support all that implies a society, always considering the actual and future generations, as well as the ecosystem they live in.

Keywords: Design, ethics, eco-design, sustainable


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