Philip Chmielewski's lecture on “Ethics and Excellence in Engineering”

On the invitation of the Xu-Ricci Institute, Professor Philip Chmielewski will deliver a series of workshops and lectures on “Ethics and Excellence in Engineering” at Fudan University and in greater Shanghai, May-June 2012.


For the second consecutive year, Professor Philip  Chmielewski will deliver lectures and workshops in the field of engineering ethics.

Professor Philip J. Chmielewski is the “Sir Thomas More Chair of Engineering Ethics” at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology, and social ethics.


Philip J. Chmielewski   offers the following definition of engineering ethics:

- Engineering ethics is a key area of professional ethics.

- Engineering ethics sets out and teaches professional engineers their obligations to their colleagues, employers, clients, the profession itself, and to the public.

- Engineers design, build, test, maintain, and reprocess devices, structures, operations, and systems for the benefit of society.

- Engineering ethics develops, determines, delineates, and demonstrates codes of conduct, rules for professional activities (designing, building . . .), and patterns of character that guide professional engineers in their obligations and in their service to the public.

- Professional obligations pursue the safety, health and welfare of the public, as well as sustainable development.

- Engineering ethics makes use of case analysis in order to examine, along with other issues, fiduciary agency, conflicts of interest, proprietary information, market-external remuneration, and technology transfer.

- Further, engineering ethics guides professional engineers in their efforts at innovation, risk assessment, failure analysis, robust system design, and management cultures of voice and responsibility.

- Engineering ethics indicates to professional engineers, as individuals and in working groups, how to maintain the "integrity, honor, and dignity" of their profession. Integrity strengthens professional judgment.  Honor is accorded to the skills and learning achieved by the profession and through its members. The profession's dignity derives from its service to society.

- Likewise within a given culture or nation, the engineering profession itself contributes to the achievement of that culture's or nation's integrity, honor, and dignity in the society of nations.

- Engineering ethics guides engineers in crafting a world in service to every person and all peoples.