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Category Archives: Professional Engineers Licensing

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Professional Engineer’s License Suspended for Illegally Certifying Red Light Cameras

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When it comes to engineering, there are many rules and ethics involved. Professional engineers are required to be licensed in the state in which they work. If they’re not properly licensed, they could face penalties such as fines and license loss. This is the case for a professional engineer from North Carolina. In 2019,… Read More »

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Microsoft Works With Engineers to Create AI Ethics Checklist

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When professional engineers create new products, they often don’t know how to do their job ethically. They often don’t receive any guidelines from higher-ups. Ethics is a subject that is just starting to be taught in schools, so professional engineers who have been around for decades are often unsure what changes need to be… Read More »

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Facebook Hires New Director to Deal With Ethics in Engineering, Design

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

With new advances in technology comes responsibility. Many individuals and companies often do not take ethics into consideration when they create new products. This is especially true when dealing with software, apps and other digital media. These products can still cause harm, even though there may not be physical damages involved. Misuse of a… Read More »

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Engineering Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

In the 1980s and 1990s, artificial intelligence conjured images of robots and maybe even killer machines. Today, artificial intelligence is not such a scary prospect. It is used by just about everyone. It can be found in smartphones (such as Apple iPhones’ Siri), automobiles (Tesla is a popular example), entertainment (such as Netflix) and… Read More »

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New Grant for Duke University Will Incorporate Ethics in Engineering

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Most engineering programs at the college and university level prepare students for the basics of engineering, as well as advanced methods and tools. One thing that these programs overlook is ethics. Ethics should be part of every holistic engineering programs, but unfortunately, it’s not. Engineering impacts the lives of everyone, but students are not… Read More »

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Professional Engineer Files Complaint After Boeing Refuses Safety Upgrades

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Many companies create budgets and do things to help cut back on expenses. That’s why layoffs are common. After all, operating a business can be quite costly. However, when cutbacks come at the expense of consumer safety, then it becomes an ethics issue. Ethical issues can happen in any company and any industry, but… Read More »

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Ethical Choices in the Engineering Field Not Always So Clear

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

In 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia deteriorated, it was determined that the cause was a piece of foam. This piece of foam collided into a wing, causing a hole. Atmospheric gases leaked into the hole, killing all seven astronauts on board. Professional engineers are always creating new products and road improvements. While the… Read More »

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Florida Polytechnic University Wins Grant to Develop Ethics in STEM Fields

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When you think of the professional engineering field, ethics may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, when professional engineers work on projects in the classroom or out in the real world, they have an obligation to focus on human health and well-being. A professional engineer’s priority should be on public… Read More »

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Is Technology Out of Control? What Professional Engineers Need to Know

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Professional engineers choose to work in the engineering industry because they can use their creativity to solve problems. They can create innovative products. They can change the world. While improving upon current products to make life easier and better is generally a good thing, sometimes it can lead to dangerous consequences. Engineering issues over… Read More »

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Importance of a Professional Engineers License

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Some professional engineers are unlicensed. This means that they did not complete the steps to become certified, which include two exams, a four-year degree and four years of experience. While some are able to obtain work without a license, doing so is very difficult. If you engage in activities that only a licensed professional… Read More »