A collection of useful ethics articles and resources from the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Kaplan-Leiserson, Eva. 2015. Designing the Future, PE Magazine (May 2015): 21-23.
In an age of uncertainty, one thing is clear: technology advances. As the saying goes, "The only constant is change." What is common today was science fiction to our parents. The tools designed to improve our daily lives will be ancient history to our children. In this steady progression, is there a need to pause, to ask deeper questions about the world we are creating? Many say yes, that it's imperative to examine the long-term implications. Some believe engineers should be the ones to lead this effort. And PEs may be especially qualified to do so.
Boykin, Danielle. 2012. Defending the Public. PE Magazine (March 2012): 21-23.
NSPE’s Code of Ethics calls on engineers’ knowledge for the betterment of society. However, the duty to protect the public isn’t always about making decisions that may have life or death consequences. Protecting the public welfare also means that engineers must safeguard the well-being and quality of life in their communities. Engineering ethics experts shared with PE their insights on how engineers can adhere to the highest calling of the profession, to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
Boykin, Danielle. 2010. Ethics in the Balance. PE Magazine (June 2010): 21-23.
Companies that engage in unethical business practices risk their reputations and the well-being of employees and the public. Recent corporate abuses show how important it is for professionals to value ethical leadership over financial gains.