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Ethics - When Engineering is a Threat to National Security

COURSE PROVIDER: Donald Parnell, P.E.
Ethics - When Engineering is a Threat to National Security
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course offers a comprehensive exploration of the intricate dynamics between engineering and national security, providing a robust understanding of the ethical dimensions that underpin this relationship.


This course outlines the role of engineering in national security, the implications of dual-use technologies, the ethical implications of autonomous weapons, concerns surrounding privacy and surveillance, and the environmental repercussions of engineering activities. Additionally, the course delves into intellectual property concerns, presents various case studies, examines legal and regulatory frameworks, and explores international treaties, all from the perspective of engineering ethics and their relationship to national security.


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to engineers and other technical professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of engineering ethics in the context of national security.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with national security and engineering: exploring the relationship and key elements of national security
  • Understanding engineering's role in national security
  • Learning about defense technology, infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, disaster management, and environmental sustainability
  • Learning historical perspectives and examining engineering's evolution in national security from ancient warfare to the information age
  • Knowing ethical challenges in engineering for National Security with a focus on dual-use technologies, autonomous weapons, privacy, environment, and intellectual property
  • Exploring case studies by delving into practical scenarios like drone technology, cybersecurity, biotechnology, and critical infrastructure vulnerabilities
  • Understanding legal and regulatory frameworks by discussing international agreements, national laws, and their impact on ethical engineering practices in national security
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Ethics - When Engineering is a Threat to National Security”, developed by Donald Parnell, P.E.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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