ASCE has honored Danielle G. Neighbour, S.M.ASCE, with the 2016 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students for her paper addressing, “When working in a foreign location, what defines the design standard which the engineer can rely on to have met his or her ethical obligation to provide a safe and sound engineering solution or design?”
Students were challenged to consider how engineers in today’s global setting are evaluating different design guides, codes, standards and practices available to them in their region. To achieve this, Neighbour approached the paper through an analysis of the ASCE Code of Ethics.
Neighbour argued that the top priority should always be public safety, which she supported with case studies. She proposed that, whether determined by the International Building Code, American standards, local codes, or one’s own ethically centered engineering judgment, the most conservative standard should be utilized. Furthermore, she emphasized that all solutions must be developed with the belief that all human lives are of equal value.
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.