All current NSPE individual members through their NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) were invited to participate in the 2016 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest which provided an opportunity to match their wits with experienced P.E.s and engineering students throughout the country!
This year, both the current NSPE Member winning entry will receive an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter, and $500 divided equally among the authors) and the current NSPE Student Member winning entry will each receive an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter, and $500 divided equally among the authors) provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation, a certificate, and recognition in PE magazine.
What Was To Be Done?
NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review furnished 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, contestants were asked a QUESTION about the ethics of the engineer. Contestants were encouraged to read and discuss the FACTS of the case and answer to the QUESTION. Then contestants were to develop DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Contestants were also to give REFERENCES citing only specific sections of the NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers. Other materials should not be cited.
Entries for the 2016 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest were due on April 15, 2016. However, if you would like to be added to the mailing list for information about the upcoming 2017 Ethics Contest, please send your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number to the address listed below. The information will be mailed directly to you in late December 2016.
2017 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest
NSPE Legal Department
1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2794
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.