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Lichtenberger Engineering Library

Engineering Ethics

Why Ethics and Engineering?

Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honest, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior which requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. - Preamble from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers

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What do William LeMessurier, Roger Boisjoly and Inez Austin have in common? These engineers confronted the complex problem of professional responsiblity when structural defects were discovered.