Ethics for Professionals

A Human Rights, Internationalist Perspective (First Edition)
S. Ratnajeevan Hoole, Mariyahl Mahilmany Hoole, and Dushyanthi Hoole
©2019, 438 pages

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    Ethics for Professionals: A Human Rights, Internationalist Perspective uses case studies and scenarios to educate engineering and other professionals and students about the role of ethics in the world of work. Using human rights as an international framework and a religiously neutral basis for ethics, this text focuses on honest ethics – people trying to be as ethical as possible given their actual work situations.

    Topics are broadly focused to reflect multicultural awareness. Examples of professional ethics challenges are chosen from around the world. The book includes contemporary issues such as outsourcing, considering sexual identity and orientation when hiring, and the new human rights legal framework, while retaining classic examples of ethical dilemmas in the practice of engineering, such as the Ford Pinto disaster, and addressing new challenges such as from information technology and self-driven cars.

    Ethics for Professionals increases students' awareness of the ethical questions they will encounter in their working lives and gives them the discernment and skills needed to deal with these issues. Dedicated to helping students learn about and implement ethical practices in their careers, Ethics for Professionals is well suited to any professional program where ethics is taught, particularly in engineering fields.

    S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and a D.Sc. degree with an emphasis in engineering from the University of London. A Fellow of the IEEE, he is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University and a pioneer in the teaching of human rights to engineers. On leave from Michigan State University, he is presently on the independent three-member Election Commission in Sri Lanka. India’s Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers gave Professor Hoole its 2015 Gowri Memorial Gold Medal for his work on ethics for engineers.
    Mariyahl Mahilmany Hoole is a program development consultant based in San Francisco, California, specializing in conflict resolution and the empowerment of women and youth. She has worked with local communities in South Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to strengthen practices of equality and human rights. Mariyahl was educated at University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She has designed rights-based approaches for peace and equality for National Peace Council (Sri Lanka), Generations for Peace (Jordan), and is currently at Global Fund for Women in the United States.
    Dushyanthi Hoole earned her Ph.D. under George Olah from the University of Southern California, M.S. from Drexel University, and M.Sc. from the University of Colombo. Most recently, she served as a professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at Michigan State University. Prior to that, Dr. Hoole pioneered the first web-based course at the Open University of Sri Lanka, served on the National Education Council, and performed research and published works on children’s and women’s rights and equity issues with Save the Children, Plan International, and the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka on Ethics in Scientific Research.

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