Depending on Character: ASCE Shapes Its First Code of Ethics

TitleDepending on Character: ASCE Shapes Its First Code of Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsPfatteicher, SKA
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Volume129
Issue1
Pagination21
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number10523928
Accession Number8687361
KeywordsAMERICAN , Civil , professional
AbstractThe article discusses how, for the first 60 years of their society’s existence, ASCE members repeatedly rejected proposals that the society adopt a formal code of ethics, and even after the adoption of the code in 1914 members were extremely concerned that it would unduly restrict an engineer’s behavior and practice. The first ASCE code was intended, in effect, not so much as a collection of rules, but as a declaration of engineers’ independence from such rules. This paper explores this history, and discusses what to be an ethical engineer and what role professional societies should play in establishing, encouraging, and enforcing ethical standards.
NotesPfatteicher, Sarah K. A.; Source Info: Jan2003, Vol. 129 Issue 1, p21; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: CIVIL engineering; Subject Term: CIVIL engineers; Company/Entity: AMERICAN Society of Civil Engineers; Number of Pages: 11p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)1052-3928(2003)129:1(21)
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