Applied Ethics in Professional Practice
Case of the Month Club

March-April 2003

provided by the

National Institute For Engineering Ethics

Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism
Texas Tech University

Welcome to the Applied Ethics Case of the Month Club. If you are a first-time visitor, please click on the first item below for an introduction and instructions on how you can participate.

Case of the Month Club format

Current applied ethics case of the month

Recommended core ethical values

Nine basic steps to personal ethical decision making

Guidelines for facilitating solutions to ethical dilemmas in professional practice

Previous applied ethics case of the month

Survey results for previous applied ethics case of the month

Applicable Codes of Ethics

Board of Review

For faculty or professionals in practice wishing to obtain copies of previous applied ethics case studies, including the case text, alternate approaches, survey results, and forum comments, please contact the Program Director, William D. Lawson, P.E., directly by email at Bill.Lawson@coe.ttu.edu


For those wishing to bring alive some of the previous case histories, excellent classroom dramatizations of several cases have been prepared by Brian Brenner, editor for the ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. For additional information, please contact Mr. Brenner directly at brbrenne@bigdig.com

The National Institute for Engineering Ethics is pleased to announce our latest educational initiative, the Applied Ethics Case of the Month program. The Program transitioned to the NIEE from the Professional Engineering Practice Liaison Program, College of Engineering, University of Washington, on October 15, 2002.

Created in 1997 by Ronald E. Bucknam, P.E., Ph.D., the "Case of the Month Club" is used by more than 100 universities and the website has had more than 50,000 hits. The program presents cases taken from professional practice in order to stimulate greater emphasis on ethical issues in a real-world context.

The National Institute for Engineering Ethics gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of the Professional Engineering Practice Liaison Program in transitioning the Case of the Month program to the NIEE, this based on a Memorandum of Understanding between NIEE and the University of Washington executed in November 2001.

The NIEE is very pleased to carry on Dr. Bucknam's fine work by sponsoring the Case of the Month Club. Dr. Bucknam's passion for ethics in professional practice remains a strong contribution to educational programs in the ethics area, and an inspiration and encouragement to all engineers.

Associated Professional Organizations

ACEC - American Council of Engineering  Companies

NSPE - National Society of Professional Engineers

AIA - American Institute of Architects

AIPG - American Institute of Professional Geologists

APWA - American Public Works Association

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers

AEG - Association of Engineering Geologists

EERI - Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

NIEE - National Institute for Engineering Ethics

ITE - Institute of Transportation Engineers

Other Sources

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Program Supporters

The following firms and professional groups have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing the level of ethical performance in the design professions by generously contributing to the financial support of this program. Their continued interest and assistance is gratefully acknowledged.

Anderson Consulting Group, Roseville, CA

ASFE - Professional Firms Practicing in the Geosciences

CH2M HILL, Bellevue, WA

ECS Risk Control, Inc., Exton, PA

ECS Underwriting, Inc., Exton, PA

GEI Consultants, Inc., Winchester, MA

Lockwood Greene - Consulting, Design and Construction, Spartanburg, SC

Miller Pacific Engineering Group, San Rafael, CA

Sustaining Universities Program of NSPE/PEE (National Society of Professional Engineers - Professional Engineers in Education Section)

NTH Consultants, Ltd., Farmington Hills, MI

Shannon & Wilson, Inc., Seattle, WA

Terra Insurance Company, Corte Madera, CA

Virginia Geotechnical Services, P.C., Richmond, VA

Suggested Additional Professional Ethics Sites

Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism

NIEE - National Institute for Engineering Ethics

Online Ethics Center

EERI - Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Case Histories


Case of the Month Club format || Current applied ethics case of the month || Recommended core ethical values

Nine basic steps to personal ethical decision making || Guidelines for facilitating solutions to ethical dilemmas in professional practice

Previous applied ethics case of the month || Survey results for previous applied ethics case of the month

Applicable Codes of Ethics || Board of Review