Engineers often make challenging decisions that can sometimes affect thousands of people. To help them to make good decisions, many engineering organizations have created guidelines for professional behavior or "codes of ethics".
Most engineering codes of ethics state that engineers must consider the safety, health, and general well-being of the people that are or may be affected by their work. Many of these codes also state that engineers must also consider how their work can sustainably protect the environment.
This means that public safety, health, and well-being, and environmental sustainability are primary concerns for engineers.
(Read more about responsible engineering and codes of ethics)
Imagine yourself as an engineer working on a promising new technology. You may want to consider some of the technologies currently being developed to address one of Engineering’s Grand Challenges.
Write an essay briefly describing the technology and what improvements you think it can provide in at least one of the four main areas of engineering responsibility:
Discuss any challenges to safety, health, well-being, and sustainability that this technology might present, and describe what you, as an engineer, would do or consider to be sure that your responsibilities are fully addressed.
Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields.
Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee based on the following criteria:
Winners in each grade category will receive the prizes listed below:
First-place winners will be awarded $500.
Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
Third-place entries will be awarded $100.
All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl website.
Honorable Mention entries will not receive a cash award but will be published on the EngineerGirl website.
All essays must be original work, and resources must be clearly cited.
For each resource you use to research your essay, include the following in the references section:
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