Australia II Science and Engineering Ethics



Australia II: a Case Study in Engineering Ethics, by Peter van Oossanen, and Martin Peterson Published in Science and Engineering Ethics (Manuscript number, JSEE-D-23-00041R2)

This paper describes the four most important ethical issues raised by the Australia II case. Who should get credit for the innovative design of the wing keel and underwater body? Was it ethically permissible to exclude van Oossanen and Slooff from the patent application?  Was it ethically permissible to conceal the truth about how the keel was designed for the public and other competitors? Do engineers have a professional obligation to respect the rules of sporting competitions such as the America’s Cup?