ASCE has honored Eliyas Encarnacion, S.M.ASCE, with the 2023 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students for the paper “How Does an Engineer Balance Regulations and Ethics?”  

The Mead Prize for Students is awarded annually for the most well-written papers on professional ethics. This year’s paper topic: 

Per ASCE’s Code of Ethics, engineers govern their professional careers on fundamental principles that, above all else, protect and advance the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the practice of Civil Engineering. Most engineering designs rely on regulations that trickle down from federal, state, and county levels. In some situations, regulations and the ethical considerations of engineers may not always align due to regulations requiring updates to incorporate new standards of practice or as a result of outside influences. How does an engineer balance regulations and ethics? 

The Committee on Student Members (CSM) reviewed 100 submissions. They found the paper written by ASCE Student Member Eliyas Encarnacion to be well-written and his approach to the assigned topic to be insightful. Encarnacion is a student at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York.  

The Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students is awarded to the author or authors of a paper on professional ethics. Each year the specific topic of the contest is selected by the ASCE Committee on Student Services.