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E – 1814 World Trade Center- Engineering Ethical Issues in the Design, Construction, and the Investigation of Its Collapse


This Engineering Ethics course on the tragic collapse of the World Trade Center will first discusses the engineering aspects of design, construction, and the damage due to the impact of the plane and the ensuing fire. Then, Dr. Astaneh summarizes his findings of several weeks he spent in New York, supported by the National Science Foundation, to conduct reconnaissance and collection of perishable data by inspecting, photographing and documenting the damage to the collapsed towers’ debris. The last part of the course will focus on engineering ethics and will discuss ethical problems of the investigation of the collapse by a team organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and funded by FEMA.

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