Engineering Research Seminar Series 1, 2012: Engineering Ethics and Engineering of Ethics

Prof. Dr Mehdi Bahadorinejad, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Date: 2012-01-12
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: Tutorial Room 9-3-02 (Building 9, Level 3, Room 02


Engineers are expected to observe the codes of ethics adopted by their respected professional societies. Code of ethics adopted by a professional engineering society is briefly presented. Reasons for violating the codes are given. Among them are mentioned reasons of self interest, which are for securing more wealth, fame or power.  Efforts to secure more wealth, fame and power is based on the wrong belief that they lead to happiness. We are living to be happy, and all our efforts should be aimed at maximizing our life-time or long-range happiness. There is a Universe by the Order of which everything happens. This Universe is abundant, and depending on our thoughts, and actions, we can be benefited from this abundance. Engineers should consider their jobs and their efforts as opportunities to serve, while holding paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public. They should have high respect for all beings and consider themselves as the stewards of the natural environment. Through this approach, and through the Order of the Universe, their material needs will be met, and their peace of mind and long-range happiness will be secured. We can change, or modify our attitudes for securing happiness, and accept that the greatest long-range or life-time happiness comes from rendering of the most effective and unselfish service to those who need it most. This service should be accompanied with unconditional love, and by us cultivating human values in ourselves, and observing the codes of ethics adopted by our respected professional societies.

About the Speaker

Prof. Dr. Mehdi Bahadorinejad is an emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Sharif University of Technology and also a Fellow Member of Iranian Academy of Sciences. He is a Memorable Figure in Iran and has received the First National Medal of Science in 2006. Prof. Bahadori got his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tehran in 1956; his Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1959; and his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1964. His research specialties include solar energy applications and passive cooling of buildings. He has been actively interested in ethics in engineering and engineering of ethics in the past 5 years. He has taught in different universities in United States of America, Canada and Iran for 47 years and has held several administrative positions as well. Prof. Bahadori has 10 honorary positions and also a member of 3 international and national scientific institutions. He has registered 4 patents and published 11 books (2 English, 2 Spanish and 7 in Persian). This is beside his large amount of publications in refereed journals, scientific reports and conference proceedings. For a more detailed CV it is recommended to visit: