Engineering Ethics

Three videos were recently produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), with the support of the United Engineering Foundation, on engineering ethics with a focus on the following topics:

Engineering Ethics: Public Health, Safety, and Welfare (in video window above)

The most important of an engineer’s ethical obligations is the duty to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. In this video, interviewees discuss how people’s safety and welfare are impacted every day by the actions of engineers who are guided by this ethical principle.

Engineering Ethics: Social Equity

An engineer’s duty of service includes recognition of the needs and interests of all members of the public. In this video, interviewees discuss how sound and ethical engineering judgments can best serve communities and enhance quality of life for all persons who are impacted by their work.

Engineering Ethics: Competence

Engineers can only meet their duty to protect the public when they have sufficient knowledge and skills to ensure that their engineering products and services are safe. In this video, interviewees discuss the ethical obligation to perform services “only in their areas of competence,” and the importance of maintaining their engineering competence in the midst of today’s breathtaking pace of scientific and technological advancement.

Center for Ethics

To guide and inspire chemical engineers everywhere, AIChE established a Center for Ethics, which provides education resources and perspectives on subjects related to ethical practice in the profession.

Members of AIChE have an obligation to uphold and advance the integrity, honor, and dignity of the chemical engineering profession by pursing their work in an honest and impartial manner; using their knowledge and skills for the enhancement of human welfare; and serving their employers, clients, and the general public with fidelity.

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