1. Is it ethical or proper to accept an engagement on a contingency fee basis? NO
2. Is it ethical to allow the client to influence your findings or analysis? NO
3. Is it ethical to accept an engagement when you have an interest, financial or otherwise, in the outcome of your analysis and recommendations? NO
4. Should the possibility of obtaining future work from your client influence your investigation, analysis or findings? NO
5. Should one accept an engagement if one has little or no knowledge of the technical area? NO
6. Should the engineer witness strive to maintain demeanor and be dispassionate at all times? YES
7. Should an engineer applying engineering principles in a court of law adhere to the same ethics as an engineer working on an engineering project? YES
8. The Hierarchy of Ethical Obligations states the Primary Ethical Obligation to the Employer or Client, TRUE or FALSE? FALSE
9. Should an engineer accept a Forensic Engineering assignment in which both parties that oppose one another want to share his costs and retain him/her? NO
10. Should an engineer respect the confidentiality about an assignment, unless it affects the safety, health or welfare of the public? YES
E. Ross Curtis, P.E., DFE, F.ASCE, F.NSPE, is a civil engineer specializing in construction engineering, materials, management, safety, and claims management and negotiation as well as facilities and utility planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance; and quality control and assurance. In 2014, Curtis served as president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of science in management (financial) from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Samuel G. Sudler, III, P.E., IntPE, DFE, CFEI, CVFI is an electrical engineer who specializes in analyzing the failure of electrical components and systems, electrical faults and malfunctions, and possible failure modes. Sam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has more than 10 years of experience relating to industrial and manufacturing facilities, as well as 16 years of experience as a Forensic Engineer. Sam is a Board-Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering (DFE) by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers in accordance with the guidelines of the Council of Engineering Specialty Boards (CESB). He is an International Registry Member of Professional Engineers in the disciplines of Electrical Engineering and the specialty practice areas of Forensic Engineering Studies of the United States Council of International Engineering Practice (USCIEP). Sam is the current Chairman of the Ethics Committee for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and former Chairman of the Board of Ethical Review for the National Society of Professional Engineers.