10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8 October 2021

Ethical Dimensions of Civil Engineering in the 21st Century

Professional Development

This session will examine the ethical dimensions of the embedded social, economic, and cultural constructs that shape the practice of civil and environmental engineering. We will evaluate, through deep-dives into case studies, the diverse challenges that engineers wrestle with such as cyber-physical infrastructure security, climate change, environmental disasters, and
infrastructure inequities. This session encourages participants to think globally about these challenges and will teach strategies for engaging in ethical decision making throughout your career.

Primary Discussion Topics:

1) Defining ethics and moral reasoning
2) ASCE Code of Ethics
3) Ethical dilemmas

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a basic understanding of introductory principles of ethics and moral reasoning.
  • Identify and understand ethical aspects of engineering problems, particularly within the area of cyber-physical infrastructure security, climate change, and environmental management.
  • Explain how the updated ASCE code of ethics relates to ethical dilemmas and member’s responsibilities
  • Learn about ethical decision-making frameworks and how to apply these processes in technical and personal compacities as a professional engineer.