Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest

2016 Contest Flyer with Attachments

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All current NSPE individual members through their NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2016 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. Match your wits with experienced P.E.s and engineering students throughout the country!

This year, both the current NSPE Member winning entry AND the current NSPE Student Member winning entry will each receive a certificate, recognition in PE magazine, and an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors), provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation.

What Is To Be Done?

NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review is furnishing you with a real FACT situation regarding the ethics of an engineer who prepared drawing, plans, and specifications for a client’s industrial processing facility, which incorporates manufactured elements within the plans and specifications. The engineer’s contract with the client includes provisions whereby the engineer represents that (1) he has reviewed the manufacturer’s drawings, plans, and specifications, (2) in his professional opinion he believes the equipment will perform as represented, and (3) he will not be responsible for the performance of the manufacturer’s equipment.

Given the FACTS, you are asked QUESTIONS about the ethics of the engineer. Contestants are encouraged to read and discuss the FACTS of the case and answers to the QUESTIONS. Then contestants are to develop DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Contestants are also to give REFERENCES citing only specific sections of the NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers. Other materials should not be cited. (A copy of the NSPE Code and a sample BER case demonstrating the format are attached for reference. Contestants may also want to check the following Web sites for additional cases decided by the BER: and

Contest Rules

All entries must be 750 words or less (DISCUSSION and CONCLUSION sections only) and received by Friday, April 15, 2016. (List NSPE Code REFERENCES also. However, NSPE Code REFERENCES are not subject to word count). E-mail, fax, or mail entries to:

2016 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest
NSPE Legal Department
1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2794
Fax: 703-519-3763

About Milton F. Lunch:

Milton F. ("Milt") Lunch, NSPEs general counsel from the 1940s until the 1980s was critical to the establishment of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review and the development of the NSPE Code of Ethics in the 1950s. During his tenure as NSPE general counsel, Milt presented numerous papers and authored influential articles about the importance of licensure, ethics, and professionalism. He passed away in 2001.