Engineering Ethics: The Space Shuttle Challenger (WEBINAR)

Course Number: ET-2008WN
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Jesse Miller, CET
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Type: Live Interactive Webinar
Price: $119.90
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In Engineering Ethics: The Space Shuttle Challenger , you'll learn ...

  • Key design aspects of the solid rocket boosters
  • Investigative details and findings about the accident
  • How the launch decision changed from an engineering decision to a manager's decision
  • How lessons drawn from this tragedy apply to the fundamental canon of ethics for engineers


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On January 28th, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off from launch pad LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center. 73 seconds later, the shuttle completely disintegrated. All was lost, including its seven crew members.

This terrible and historic tragedy was wrought neither by any individual nor by design defect alone. It was the result of complex social and political pressures on a collision course with Mother Nature and one ill-fated connection between rocket booster segments. Could this tragedy have been averted by using stricter ethical guidelines in the decisions that were made?

In this webinar, we will examine and discuss in detail the events, decisions, and other contributing factors that led up to this terrible accident. We will also deduce the lessons learned from such a complex case study so that we may all be better prepared to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.


Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • A historical framework for the Challenger launch
  • Launch details and events leading up to the accident
  • A full analysis of the causes of the accident
  • Different perspectives that influenced the decision to launch: an engineer's perspective, an engineering manager's perspective, an executive's perspective
  • The role that weather played in the launch schedule
  • How politics, diplomacy, and ethics played a role in the event
  • Ethical lessons that can be applied to your practice as an engineer
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Webinars earn PDH credits for engineers in all states, unless otherwise stated in the literature for a specific webinar. For more details, check your state requirements.

ATTENTION NEW YORK, WISCONSIN AND IOWA ENGINEERS: Your states specifically require a certain number of "live" credit hours as a part of your PDH requirement. This webinar is provided by Decatur Professional Development, LLC and has been accepted by the New York State Board to fulfill this requirement. This webinars also meets the "live training" requirements of the Wisconsin and Iowa Boards.

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