Welcome to the Online Ethics Center (OEC), an electronic repository of resources on science, engineering, and research ethics, for engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens. The Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) manages the OEC. CEES aims to focus the talents of the nation on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a profession and an agent of innovation. CEES and the OEC have benefited through generous grants from the National Science Foundation and support from NAE members, in particular Harry E. Bovay Jr. You can read more about the history of the OEC in the About section.
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