Topic: Ethics

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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...

Tom Sawyer, ASCE 1991 President, Dies at 84

The Society’s 1991 President, James E. “Tom” Sawyer, P.E., Pres.91.ASCE, an influential bridge designer and infrastructure builder with works from Florida to Hong Kong, has died at 84. Sawyer joined ASCE in 1956, and was active for years with the Florida Section. He served as ASCE’s president in 1991. “Tom will be sorely missed by his many friends at ASCE, but his legacy will live on,”...