[IEEE-KC PES/IAS/MSPE] Engineering Ethics


Engineering a Depraved Heart: When Bad Engineering and Questionable Ethics Result in Death. Dr. Carl Hering, in his 1922 article Ethics of the Electrical Engineer, warned that “when the engineer makes a mistake and violates the laws which are fundamental to (the) profession, (the engineer) cannot hide the blame or pass it to others. Since, then, there is generally no question who is responsible, and no escape from censure.” In this presentation, we will discuss the intersection of ethics and the law in the engineering profession. Highlighting the conversation will be the indictment of the principal designers of the Verruckt water slide, a discussion of the McDonald’s coffee case and why engineers must understand its implications, a return to the Hyatt skywalk case, and a short pondering about the Branson Duck Boat accident.

  Date and Time




  • 9401 Renner Blvd
  • Lenexa, Kansas
  • United States 66219
  • Building: Kiewit 9401
  • Room Number: 1100/1101

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  • Co-sponsored by Kavita Lal
  • Admission fee applies ?
  • Starts 01 October 2018 02:22 PM
  • Ends 18 October 2018 02:22 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • Menu: Jack Stack Box Lunch - Brisket Sandwitch, Jack Stack Box Lunch - Turkey Sandwitch, Jack Stack Box Lunch - Ham Sandwitch, Vegetarian, N/A - No Meal


Ed Young


  1. Edward Young is an Associate at George Butler Associates Architects and Engineers. He received a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration, and Juris Doctorate from University of Kansas, as wells as, an Airport Safety and Risk Management Certificate from Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University. He serves on the staff of Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus as an instructor of airport law and airport environmental planning. He is the former Director of Aviation, for the Kansas Department of Transportation.  During his tenure, KDOT Aviation received the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials President’s Award for Aviation, National Association of State Aviation Officials Most Outstanding State Aviation Program Award, American Council of Engineering Companies National Honor’s Award, ACEC Kansas Technical Report Award (2011,2012), the Kansas Public Works Association Most Effective Program Award,  and NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education Outreach Award. Prior to serve at KDOT, he was a city administrator, county administrator and county counselor.



Meal/Social - 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Speaker - 6:00 pm - 7:00pm