Ethics: A Professional Concern

by Ronald R. Mason, Consulting Engr.; Cleveland, OH,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 12, Pg. 63-64

Document Type: Feature article


The 1998 Daniel W. Mead Student winner answers the essay question What is the role of ethics in professionalism? by discussing ethical conduct as the key to gaining public trust and obtaining a successful career. A 1995 Gallup poll assessing the honesty and ethical standards among various professions listed engineers as fifth out of twenty-six professions for most ethical. This high ethical standing is due to the responsibility engineers have in building and maintaining public infrastructure, according to the author. He goes on to cite and discuss several cannons from ASCE's Code of Ethics to support his answer.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Students | Professional development | Public buildings | Infrastructure | Standards and codes

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