In partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering and supported by the five largest professional engineering institutions, the  Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics Centre at the University of Leeds  has published an e-book about engineering and the role of engineers in meeting some of society’s biggest challenges.

Students often have misconceptions about a career in engineering. They might not realise that engineering is as much about people as technology, and that a good engineer has skills in communication, negotiation and personal judgement. The purpose of Engineering in Society is to give students new to engineering an initial insight into the profession of engineering and some idea of the exciting challenges that their future career might bring.

With 10 short chapters, each written by an expert in the field, the e-book includes the experiences of young engineers working on current global challenges and retells the experience of engineers with a lifetime of experience in dealing with the practical ethical challenges of engineering. It highlights the role of creativity in engineering and the importance of responsible engineering.

The target audience is primarily first year undergraduate students beginning their degree programmes, but it will also be of interest and value to:

  • engineeri​ng students at any stage in their education;
  • 14-18 year olds considering career opportunities;
  • teachers of STEM subjects and careers advisers;
  • engineering academics thinking about teaching engineering ethics and social impact.

The e-book is available to download for free from (5.84 MB)

The e-book is available to download from Amazon for approx. 80p and is available for FREE on Friday 25 October. Click here to download:

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

For more information please contact: Dr Natasha McCarthy at The Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0675