(Public Safety and Public Welfare) A chemical engineer thinks about offering services in facilities design and construction, which he would perform with the help of a computer program.
Alexis is a chemical engineer with no facilities design and construction experience. She receives a solicitation in the mail for a new Highway Design CD-rom. This program allows engineers to do highway design even if they know little or no fundamental concepts in this area.
Should Alexis order the CD-ROM and begin to offer facilities design and construction services?
--adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-3
NSPE Code of Ethics An earlier version may have been used in this case.
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