ASCE has honored Alec Ramirez, S.M.ASCE, with the 2017 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students for the paper “Is It Ethical for University Engineering Faculty to Teach Technical Subject Matter to Engineering Students Without Obtaining Professional Licensure?”
This prize for students is awarded annually for the most well-written paper on professional ethics.
This year’s paper topic was: Is it ethical for university engineering faculty to teach technical subject matter to engineering students without obtaining professional licensure?
Students were challenged to write original papers in consideration of the fact that some states require university engineering faculty to have professional licensure, while other states do not. Questions such as “How does that affect the success of a university program? Should all 50 states be consistent with this? Should there be additional routes to obtain professional licensure, such as through research and a doctorate degree?” were the backdrop to this year’s paper topic.
The Committee on Student Members reviewed all submissions. They found Ramirez’s paper to be well-written and his approach to the assigned topic to be insightful.
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.