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Engineering and Professional Ethics Workshop

Borton-Lawson employees recently participated in the 2016 Engineering and Professional Ethics Workshop at Wilkes University. Students, academics, and engineering professionals came together to discuss engineering ethics and how to best apply the practices used in the classroom to real-world situations.

Thirty students broke out into discussion groups along with nine engineering professionals from the Wilkes-Barre area, who acted as leaders of each group. Among those leading the groups were Borton-Lawson’s Christopher Hetro, P.E., electrical engineer and project manager; Mary Hudson, P.E., electrical engineer; and Brian Palmiter, Jr., E.I.T., LEED Green Associate, civil designer.




The ethical dilemma posed focused on the ethics of an engineer who prepared drawings, plans, and specifications for a client’s industrial processing facility and whether it is ethical for an engineer to relinquish responsibility in case manufactured equipment does not perform as represented.

Students referenced the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers and received practical insight from the professionals on hand to examine the problem and determine the best way to formulate a solution. The groups then presented their findings.

The workshop was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) Keystone Northeast Chapter and the Wilkes University Student Chapter of PSPE.