Center for Ethics

Members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 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. To guide and inspire chemical engineers everywhere, AIChE is establishing a Center for Ethics, which provides education resources and perspectives on subjects related to ethical practice in the profession.

The Center for Ethics also represents an opportunity for open dialogue among practitioners interested in topics related to ethical practice. Through this dialogue and a shared commitment to the common good, the Center for Ethics will grow and evolve for the betterment of the profession and society.

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Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony

AIChE Center for Ethical Practice is exploring programs to encourage and acknowledge the ethical practice of our profession for all AIChE Global members. As a pilot program to increase awareness of ethical practice of engineering, AIChE has been chartered to offer the Order of the Engineer (OoE). OoE is a nationally recognized organization “Upholding devotion to the Standards and Dignity of the Engineering Profession.”

An induction ceremony acknowledges a professional’s commitment to ethical practice of their profession and will receive a steel ring. Wearing the OoE ring is an outward manifestation of the pledge to protect society and the public, and it is a foundational step towards professionalism. The goal is to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer.

The OoE is open to the following AIChE Members:

  • All graduates of ABET accredited engineering programs
  • All licensed Professional Engineers
  • Seniors who are within one academic year of graduation from an ABET-accredited engineering course of study

The induction ceremony will be at the AIChE Annual Meeting, Sunday, October 28 from 5-6pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 306.

The induction ceremony is a joint project of the License and Professional Development Committee and the Center for Ethical Practice, and is endorsed by the Young Professionals Committee.

If you would like to participate in the induction ceremony, please email to register and include your ring size of the little finger on your “working” hand (generally considered the hand you use to sign documents). There is no charge for the ring for the first 20 who register, due to a generous private donation.


Code of Ethics

In 2015, AIChE’s Board of Directors approved the Ethics Committee’s revised Code of Ethics for the Institute. All members are expected to conform to this code, and attest to this agreement as signatories to their membership application.

Code of Conduct

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