Best Ethics Essay

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Best Ethics Essay

The Department places a strong emphasis on educating future engineers on ethics and professionalism. In the required fall course CE 315 - The Civil and Environmental Engineering Profession, the primary assignment is an ethics essay paper. The topic is provided by American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) national organization for the annual Daniel W. Mead Contest, which was established and endowed in 1939 by past Society president Daniel W. Mead, Hon.M.ASCE. From all essays submitted in the course, the CEE Department selects the best paper from the class to submit to ASCE in the spring.

We recognize the following students who have been selected as the best essay for the year in which they took the course. PSU CEE has been very successful in the national contest, and the awards are noted.

 

Year Best Essay Author Title ASCE Award
2019-2020 Evan Snow A Healthy Professional Engineering Community is the Best Defense Against Corruption  
2018-2019 Zac Foster The Value of Diversity  
2017-2018 Katherine Keeling Leveraging Social Media for Public Service: An Ethical Imperative for Engineers 1st Place, PNW Regional
2016-2017 Lucina Selva To License or Not to License  
2015-2016 Corina Overman The Ethics of an Engineer Abroad  
2014-2015 Robert Kosowski Pointing the Finger: Who is Liable for Injury on a Construction Site?  
2013-2014 Tyler Williams Worst-Case Scenario: the Civil Engineer's Ethical Responsibility to Prepare for Natural Disasters 4th Place, National
2012-2013 James Parker A Global Code  
2010-2011 Chad Norvell Too Close for Comfort? the Report Card for America's Infrastructure in the Context of the Code of Ethics 4th Place, National
2005-2006 Benjamin Wiley Risk and Implementing Innovative Research Solutions 1st Place, National
2004-2005 Gita Dombrowski Ethical Considerations of Computer Modeling and Analysis in the Education of Structural Engineers  1st Place, Zone IV