Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest
All current NSPE individual members through their NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2014 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. Match your wits with experienced P.E.s and engineering students throughout the country! Check out the Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest winner's list.
The winning entry will 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 an engineer who is asked by his supervisor to sign off on a change order when the engineer believes the change order was the result of a contractor’s faulty workmanship. Given the FACTS, you are asked a QUESTION about the ethics of the engineers. Contestants are encouraged to read and discuss the FACTS of the case and answer to the QUESTION. 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 BER cases and www.niee.org for additional cases.
All entries must be 750 words or less (DISCUSSION and CONCLUSION sections only) and received by Friday, April 11, 2014. (List NSPE Code REFERENCES also. However, NSPE Code REFERENCES are not subject to word count). E-mail, fax, or mail entries to:
2014 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest
NSPE Legal Department
1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2794
The 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) provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation, a certificate, and recognition in PE Magazine. Special recognition may also be offered to the authors of superior essays written by current student members.
The judges will use the following criteria:
- Quality of the entry in form and presentation. (Clarity, composition, expression, etc. are important. Your writing should be a finished piece, ready to “go to press.”)
- Demonstration of understanding of the implications concerning ethical or unethical behavior.
- Comprehensive analysis of the case and arguments supporting your conclusions. (This may include new thoughts about engineering ethics and professional practice.)
Good luck, fellow professional engineers and student engineers!
SAMUEL G. SUDLER, III, P.E.
Chair, NSPE Board of Ethical Review
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.