Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honest, impartiality, fairness and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior which requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. - Preamble from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers
To generate value for their employer, professional engineers must be able to conduct research then apply the results to solving problems in an innovative fashion. Given the risks arising from engineering activities professional behaviour must always be shaped by an understanding of the ethical implications.