Topic: Ethics

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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...

Board Adopts New Canon for ASCE Code of Ethics

The ASCE Board of Direction voted unanimously at its July meeting to adopt new language in the Society’s Code of Ethics that expresses a professional obligation to provide fair and equal treatment for all. The ASCE Code of Ethics, adopted in 1914, lays out the model for professional conduct for ASCE members. The newly adopted canon – Canon 8 in the Code of Ethics –...

Ethics: Doing the Right Thing

Ethics lie at the core of all engineering decisions. And the decisions made by civil engineers can affect millions of people. Despite the importance of ethics, many questions remain about ethical issues pertaining to sustainability, billable hours, and how to voice ethical concerns to a superior. “You can always find another job, but you can’t build another career,” said Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI,...

5 Ethical Gray Areas in Civil Engineering

In some cases, right from wrong is not a matter of black and white. Rather the question of what is ethical can present unique answers on a case-by-case basis, creating gray areas. ASCE’s General Counsel Tara Hoke, in her online series A Question of Ethics, delves into cases of ethics and issues affecting the civil engineering profession as considered by the ASCE Committee on Professional...

4 Lessons in Ethics

Ethics are integral to every decision, design, and service performed by civil engineers. A recent ASCE video series, sponsored by a United Engineering Foundation grant, explored four case studies in engineering ethics. Here are four engineering ethics lessons from those videos: 1. Never put an engineer in a position to prove something will fail On Jan. 28, 1986, the weather forecast in Orlando, FL, predicted a cold...

Transformative Editor of ENR and 1976 ASCE President Arthur Fox Dies

Arthur J. Fox Jr., Pres.1976.ASCE, F.ASCE, among civil engineering’s most influential figures of the 20th century, both at ASCE and as a longtime editor of Engineering News-Record magazine, has died at 92. “Art was a dear friend and a true American hero,” said ASCE Executive Director Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE. “After serving his country during World War II, he worked tirelessly...