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A Seminar on Engineering Ethics Problems of the New San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

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University of California, Berkeley
College of Engineering
Engineering Ethicsand Social Responsibility  Week (April 7-11, 2014)

A CE24-Course Seminar on Ethics (Faculty: Prof. A. Astaneh)

Seminar Title:

*Engineering Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in the Design and
Construction of the New Bay Bridge*

*By Charles Piller,  Investigative Reporter, The Sacramento Bee*

Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm in 502 Davis Hall, UC Berkeley Campus,

*This Seminar is free and open to the Public*

*Abstract: *This presentation will examine some of the technical doubts
raised by independent engineers and the media about the new San
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span, and how apparent ethical lapses
and conflicts of interest have affected management of the $6.5 billion
project. Piller will discuss how to view actions by the California
Department of Transportation and its paid engineering advisors through an
ethical filter that can help explain costly problems in the new span's
design and construction.

*Speaker:* Charles Piller, an investigative reporter for The Sacramento
Bee, previously worked for the Los Angeles Times as an investigative
reporter. He has authored books on biological arms control, and on the
public perception of hazards caused by scientific and technological
projects. His articles about the Bay Bridge from 2011 to the present have
uncovered many of the span's engineering, design and construction problems.
His bridge investigations have been covered by hundreds of other local and
national media outlets. Piller has won numerous honors for his reporting,
most recently, the James Madison Freedom of Information Award for his
examination of the Bay Bridge. His work has been nominated for the Pulitzer
Prize eight times by The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times.


 Abolhassan ASTANEH-ASL, Ph.D., P.E., Professor
2013 Minner Fellow in Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility and
2013-14 U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Scholar
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
781 Davis Hall,  MC 1710
University of California,
Berkeley,  CA 94720-1710, USA
Phone; (510) 642-4528

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