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Integrating Ethics Into The Engineered Construction Curriculum

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Wider Contexts of Ethics for Engineers

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10.788.1 - 10.788.21



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Sunil Sinha

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Sunil K. Sinha, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 231 Sackett Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802. H. Randolph Thomas, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 206 Sackett Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802. John R. Kulka, President, HRI, Inc., 1750 West College Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania, 16804.


Construction courses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the

Pennsylvania State University focus on the subjects of planning, organization, monitoring and

control of the construction projects. There is currently a scarcity of information relating to ethical

conduct in these courses. Government regulations, environmental permits, and other bureaucratic

controls continue to grow. Projects also continue to get larger and more technical, requiring more

specialized people, high-tech equipment, and better project control systems. This trend requires

that project managers have technical, business, organizational, ethical, and leadership savvy.

Many new regulations and specifications (for example, those of OSHA and ACI) require

construction engineers to design systems for execution of the construction process. Society

demands high standards of construction professional competence and performance. Construction

engineers must be aware of social responsibilities and prepare themselves to reflect critically on

the moral dilemmas they may confront. In this paper the authors suggest a strategy in which an

ethical framework is fundamental to the development of competent construction professionals.

By presenting this topic in a holistic and robust way, ethics enhances technical expertise and

provides a deeper educational experience for construction engineering students.

“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”

Sinha, S. (2005, June), Integrating Ethics Into The Engineered Construction Curriculum Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14467

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