ASCE has honored Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, with this year’s Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award for his leadership in advancing the ability of thousands of engineers to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the engineering ethics graduate courses and workshops he has presented worldwide.
Starrett has, for over 20 years, engaged in providing formal engineering ethics education, helping thousands of students and working professionals advance their abilities to solve ethical dilemmas. In his tenure at Kansas State University he developed two graduate-level engineering ethics courses. His course Responsibility of Engineering: Codes & Professionalism was recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as an exemplary course in engineering ethics education. He has also conducted 58 engineering ethics workshops or webinars, 21 of which were conducted at ASCE, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, or EWRI events.
Along with two coauthors, Starrett has completed a new book, Engineering Ethics: Real-World Case Studies, which was published in April 2017. As an ASCE member, he has been active on the Committee on Ethical Practice, helping to shape the tools and information ASCE provides to its members.
The Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award was instituted by the Board of Direction in 2005 to recognize an engineer practitioner’s incident-specific or career-long application of ethics to achieve conspicuous success in a leadership role.