Professional Practice

This section contains a large number of cases, discussions, essays and articles, and ethical guidelines bearing on the professional responsibilities of engineers. These range over the engineering disciplines from civil to electrical to biomedical engineering.

Highlights include: essays about professional moral exemplars, and extensive case collections from the NSPE and Texas A&M

  • Cases

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    Cases, scenarios and role plays, some with commentary, focusing on problems arising in professional settings. These cases are housed in our Case Database, but are included here for an easier topical search.

  • Essays & Articles

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    Essays, articles, and student projects concerning ethics in engineering practice and in a corporate environment.

  • Moral Exemplars

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    What constitutes exemplary individual and organizational professional practice? We are continuing to build this section. Send us your ideas for people and groups to include.

  • Other Resources

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    A variety of other resources related to ethics in professional engineering practice.

Cite this page: "Professional Practice" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/28/2009 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Sunday, March 29, 2015 <>

Combating Corruption
At various times in their careers many engineers face problems involving corruption or its appearance. This section the OEC includes essays, cases, etc that address these issues. Below are a few examples.