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.


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

AIChE Volunteer and Meeting Attendee Conduct Guidelines AIChE’s volunteers are the core of the Institute and make all of its programs, conferences and educational efforts possible. These offerings provide excellent opportunities for AIChE members and meeting attendees to gain greater technical...

Ethical Guidelines for Publications

These guidelines for authors, editors, and reviewers apply to all AIChE publications, as well as the publications of related technological societies.

Using Ethics to Support Excellence in Reliable and Safe Operations

Archived Webinar
May 4, 2016
Working to improve your organization and achieve excellence? Trans-formation begins with an understanding of the relationship between ethics, safety and good operations. In 60 minutes, you’ll learn how ethics, safety and operations are intertwined in your workplace and what to look for when working...

Working Across Cultures

Archived Webinar
May 4, 2011
This webinar provides guidelines for operating successfully in different cultural settings, with an emphasis on project management.

A "Virtuous" Approach to Ethics in Engineering

Archived Webinar
Oct 14, 2009
This webinar seeks to promote thinking more clearly and professionally about ethics by cultivating a clearer sensitivity about situations that have ethical dimensions, as well as a more explicit approach to ethical reasoning and logic.

Ethics and Excellence in Engineering

Archived Webinar
May 6, 2008
Beyond the basic technical competencies of our discipline, what are our priorities as engineers? This seminar explores this question, and thus establishes the foundations of engineering ethics and professional excellence. It also examines codes of ethics for engineers, and discusses their role in...

CEP: Editorial - Engaging in Public Affairs

Cynthia Mascone
Students in the engineering and public policy (EPP) department worked on projects at the intersection of technology and society, like energy, the environment, and risk analysis. Those sounded interesting, so I enrolled in the ChE/EPP double-major program. Electives on topics such as energy policy, organizational behavior, social analysis, and arms control and defense policy, and projects on product liability, diagnostic radiation, and coal mine safety, gave me an appreciation for the interdependence of engineering and the public welfare.

Ethics and the Chemical Engineer

December 12, 2013
What do future chemical engineering leaders know about ethics? Ethics and safety have become a major part of the chemical engineering profession. AIChE's 2013 Gala in November...

Ethics — Examining Your Engineering Responsibility

Career Catalyst
Deborah Grubbe
Engineering ethics frequently has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with communication, thought and decision-making patterns, and conflicts around time and money.

CEP: Editorial - Navigating Ethical Dilemmas

Cynthia Mascone
It seems not a day passes without news reports of a politician or corporate executive taking bribes, engaging in insider trading, or getting caught up in some other ethical dilemma. As engineers, though, we will more likely find ourselves in situations that have subtler, less-obvious ethical undertones.

Humanitarian Chemical Engineering

Career Catalyst
Jeremy D. Bendik-Keymer, Nwaynay Hlaing, Daniel Lacks, Evelyn B. Taboada
A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity.
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