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Engineering seniors take ethical pledge at national fellowship ceremony

Tyler Prich | Apr 24, 2017
Order of the engineer

Engineering seniors take ethical pledge at national fellowship ceremony

Tyler Prich | Apr 24, 2017

A group of Russ College seniors gathered in Stocker Center Tuesday to accept the “Obligation of the Engineer” at the annual Order of the Engineer ceremony.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. A dozen seniors from varying engineering disciplines took a pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Associate Dean of the Graduate College David Koonce shared with the students the history of the Order of the Engineer, and the obligations that they now undertake.

He then led the students in the official oath, after which the students went up to the stage individually, signed their certificate and received their steel ring from Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Dale Masel, who placed it on the little finger of each student’s working hand to symbolize their devotion to the engineering profession and ethical code.

Electrical engineering senior Karim Elmsary said it was an honor to join the order.

“It’s great to be a member of the order,” Elmsary said. “I flew over 15 hours from Egypt to come to Ohio University, and this ring and the honor is something I’ll be glad to pass on to my kids someday.”

Civil engineering senior Anissa Hardin said the ring will be a constant reminder of her duty as an engineer.

“I understand the impact that engineers have, and that if something goes wrong, the results can be catastrophic,” Hardin said. “If something I design causes harm, I don’t want it to be because I slacked off.”

Following the ring ceremony, Masel told the graduating seniors that they would be faced with many choices, from ethical choices in the workplace to whether or not to start a family, and they must always focus on improving the world while following their passion.

“At the end of you career, you won’t be happy pursuing material goods and titles,” he said. “You’ll care about the lives you’ve changed. So go out and create for the world, create for the future, and create for good.”