Topic: Ethics

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Keeping Technology Ethical – Whose Responsibility Is It?

Make no mistake, Jacob Ward works the technology beat. He is an NBC News technology correspondent, the former editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine and an author. But for him, staying on top of the latest technology trends doesn’t just mean gadgets and gizmos. Ward is most interested in the human behavior and ethical conundrums those tech trends reveal. So when he talks about the disruptive technologies that...

Ethical codes must not hinder the rights of consumers

While the fundamental purpose of ethical codes is to protect the public health and welfare, they cannot place obstacles in the way of a consumer’s basic right to choice

Why I Include My Pronouns in a Professional Setting

Danielle Schroeder, EIT, A.M.ASCE, is an associate bridge engineer in Pennoni’s transportation division, based in its Philadelphia headquarters. Though just three years into her career, she’s already been extraordinarily active in ASCE, most recently serving locally as the K-12 outreach co-chair for the Philadelphia Younger Member Forum, as well as in Society-level posts on the Structural Engineering Institute’s Structures Congresses Committee and as a corresponding member...

How ASCE’s Code of Ethics May Apply to Personal Conduct during the Pandemic

This hypothetical situation is modified from an actual case that was considered by ASCE’s Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC). Situation AN ASCE MEMBER maintains a personal Facebook page on which he regularly shares humorous graphics, videos, and popular memes. As evidenced by his postings, the member’s sense of humor runs the gamut from innocent to salacious, with topics ranging from family and home life to current...

Wheels in Motion Toward Possible Voting Rights for Student Members 

There will be more votes to count and boxes to check in the coming year, but the move toward allowing student members to vote in ASCE elections has begun. The Board of Direction, at its quarterly meeting March 14-15 in Washington, D.C. (with some directors attending virtually because of the coronavirus), voted to approve a recommendation that the Governing Documents Committee prepare an amendment to the...

7 Civil Engineering Discussions That Defined 2019

One of the best aspects of ASCE Collaborate – and there are many – is the way it allows you to take the temperature of the civil engineering profession. ASCE’s online member community features civil engineers talking civil engineering every day of the year on any number of topics. So you can talk shop, get advice about a project or – when looking at the entire...

In the Impending Cyberwar, Engineers Must Be on the Front Lines

Brad Allenby, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, is the president’s professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering, and of law; Lincoln professor of technology and ethics; senior sustainability scientist; and co-chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative of the Center for the Future of War at Arizona State University. He entered academia after a 20-year career as senior environmental counsel, research vice president for technology and environment, and...

Board Hits Refresh on Code of Ethics, Strengthens Member Engagement

For the first time in nearly 50 years, ASCE is pursuing a wholesale review of its Code of Ethics. The time is right, ASCE President Robin A. Kemper said, to ensure that the code reflects the cultural shifts in society and technological changes in the industry. “Through time, the Code of Ethics has been reworked, things have been added, maybe things have been taken out, but...

Young Engineer Finds His Calling Through Flint Water Crisis Solutions

Siddhartha Roy came to the United States in 2012 for a graduate degree that would put him in position to someday use civil engineering to, as he put it, “reduce avoidable human suffering and help people.” Little did he know just how soon that “someday” would turn out to be. As a graduate student at Virginia Tech, Roy joined a team of researchers led by Tech...

Board Sharpens New Strategy

The picture is starting to come into focus. The ASCE Board of Direction spent a good portion of its quarterly meeting, July 28-29 in Baltimore, honing its strategic plan, a process that began in January with vision, goals, and measurables set to coalesce at the October meeting. The Board broke into focus groups to discuss and refine six goal statements. They then ranked several potential strategies...