Henry’s Daughters


© 2010 – Subtitled in 13 languages – 32-minutes

Complimentary copies will be sent to U.S. Engineering Deans in July 2010

Available FREE to Foreign Engineering Deans – Contact engineering.ethics@ttu.edu for details


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Study Guide
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Subtitled Languages

Presentation Handout

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Policy Regarding Use

Suggested Assignment


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Although Henry’s Daughters and associated educational materials target engineering students, the movie also applies to practicing engineers and provides a broad perspective on professional responsibilities. 

The movie and the training materials will also be suitable for educating students in business, science, and other majors.  This offers an indirect benefit to the engineering profession:  encouraged dialogue between engineers and other professionals.

The video shows that good and well meaning people can unintentionally get into situations that may result in unethical consequences.  The video is designed to:

v  Increase Sensitivity to the ethical dimensions of professional work

v  Advance Knowledge of professional standards and public obligations and expectations

v  Develop Judgment and improve skills in moral reasoning

v  Encourage Commitment to professional ethics and strengthen personal dedication to exemplary conduct

The movie will introduce audience members these concepts:

v  Ethical issues are an integral part of making decisions

v  A professional’s obligations go beyond fulfilling a contract with a client or customer

v  Ethical problems in engineering and technology have both technical and non-technical solutions

v  While individual engineers have ethical obligations, the engineering profession also has collective social and ethical obligations to the public

v  Workplace issues such as gender discrimination are an important part of engineering ethics


Henry’s Daughters is 32 minutes long.  Thus, it is short enough for viewing and discussing at society meetings, company lunches, and college classes.


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Subtitled Languages

 The DVD contains the subtitles for the following languages:


Chinese – Simplified

Chinese – Traditional









Spanish – Latin

English for the Hearing Impaired



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Synopsis of the Story

      Henry is a retired but still well-connected automobile executive and lobbyist.  GUIDEME, a client of Henry’s, is involved in an academia-industry-Department of Transportation smart highway design competition called SANSHANDS.   The project goal is to develop specifications for automated highways and car control systems so that people won’t have to drive anymore. 

      Laura, Henry’s oldest daughter, is a professional engineer who works at the Department of Transportation.  She is the project manager, and responsible for compiling and recommending the specifications for the computer control system.

      Julie is Henry’s younger daughter.  With her father’s finagling, she is an intern with OUTOCAR, a local start-up company recently founded by state university engineers in partnership with the University’s Business Incubator.  OUTOCAR is competing with GUIDEME to take the design of SANSHANDS to the next level.

      The story intertwines the lives of both young women and their father.  They are excited to be involved with a project that will impact the future of transportation.  While most of their discussions focus on technical and personal challenges, sometimes they unintentionally cross the ethical line by letting proprietary information slip out.

      Ultimately, Laura’s team recommends OUTOCAR but the final award goes to GUIDEME.  OUTOCAR personnel allege that ethical misconduct and possible criminal violations occurred during the project.  Consequently, the state senate ethics commission holds a hearing and calls Laura and Henry to testify.

      Henry’s Daughters highlights ethical issues encountered by the characters, such as professional relationships, conflicts of interest, favoritism, confidentiality, proprietary information, intellectual property, gender issues, sexual harassment, and individual privacy.


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Presentation Handout

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It is often helpful for viewers to have information on the characters while they watch the movie.  The presentation handout is two pages - one page contains pictures and a brief introduction to the main characters.  The other page contains a list of sample questions relating to the various issues contained in the movie.  The handout may be printed on both sides of one piece of paper, or the facilitator can decide to only use the pictures or only the sample questions.



Study Guide

The 24-page study guide is available in two formats:  PDF (contains all the graphics) and MSWord (without graphics).  It contains suggestions for use of the video, the story line, list of characters, synopsis of the video, purpose of the video, questions about ethical issues that the story raises, and a suggested assignment for students & viewers.

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Suggested Assignment

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Before viewing Henry’s Daughters, copy and distribute this page.  After the movie, ask viewers to prepare a written response to the questions below.  (Suggested length: 2 to 3 pages; 1.5 space; 12 point type; 1 inch margins)


1.     List the ethical issues you observed in Henry’s Daughters.

2.     From your personal perspective, prioritize these ethical issues from most critical to least critical

3.     Discuss the movie from three other perspectives:

a)  Henry’s Perspective:  Assume you are Henry.

                       i.      What specific ethical issues do you face?

                     ii.      What are some things that you should consider?

                   iii.      From whom or where should you seek guidance?

b) Laura’s  Perspective:  Assume you are Laura. 

                       i.      What specific ethical issues do you face?

                     ii.      What decisions would you change if you were Laura?

                   iii.      From whom or where could you seek guidance?

b) Julie’s  Perspective:  Assume you are Julie. 

                       i.         What specific ethical issues do you face?

                     ii.         What decisions would you change if you were Julie?

                   iii.         From whom or where could you seek guidance?

c)  Responsibility Perspective:  If you were in charge and had the authority and the funding to make any changes you wanted to make in your company policies: 

                       i.         What specific steps would you take to improve the company culture? 

                     ii.         Who would you involve in this process?

                   iii.         How and when would you communicate the company policies to:

(a)  Your employees?

(b)  Your clients?

(c)  The public?



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Purchase Price of Henry’s Daughters

DVD Format List Price:

$500 plus $20 S&H



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Policy adopted by NIEE Executive Board on May 19, 2010


Whenever NIEE movies are shown, appropriate credit shall be given to the National Institute for Engineering Ethics.

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