Ethics is at the heart of the engineering practice. In ASCE’s new video series, Engineering Ethics, engineers representing a wide range of backgrounds and technical disciplines talk about the critical role that ethical principles play in guiding the practice of engineering. Engineering Ethics is brought to you by funding from the United Engineering Foundation.

Modern society is diverse in many ways. And civil engineers, who play essential roles in shaping our society, have an ethical obligation to be equitable, both within the profession and through the things they create.

Over the past several years, the industry has taken steps to promote diversity and inclusion throughout its workforce. Civil engineers support communities and those who live in them. So it is vital that the profession reflects all members of society.

Engineers must also look at their work through the lens of equity. To fully understand the impact of their work, they must listen to the needs and interests of the communities they serve. The relationship between them is a two-way street. Just as engineers influence society, society influences the work that engineers do.

In the final part of this series, interviewees discuss how sound and ethical judgments can benefit communities and enhance the quality of life for all persons who are affected by civil engineers’ work.