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Student IEEE Team Wins Ethics Competition

A team of seven students from our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and our student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) won the Ethics Competition at the 2011 IEEE Region 1 Student Conference from March 25-27 at Boston University. The competition was sponsored by the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee and developed for use at IEEE student events to encourage the study and awareness of professional ethics by IEEE student and graduate student members. The competition consists of a presentation and a defense of a case analysis by each team of students.

“From this competition,” commented UMass team member To Chong, “I am more assured about my personal belief that the measurement of a good engineer is not solely based on the depth of his knowledge but also on his accomplishment in applying his skills not only to himself but for the betterment of his community. About the outcome, I'm happy that we won, and I want to say thank you to Sandy Jenkins, Charles Essien, Brian Giang, Simon Ma, Felix Lam, and Allen Chew for being a great part of the team.”

The prize of $400 is being given to the IEEE UMass chapter. Specific objectives of the competition program were: to foster familiarity with the IEEE Code of Ethics and ethical concepts; to promote a model for discussing and analyzing ethical questions; to provide experience in applying ethical concepts to typical professional situations. Participants were tested on their knowledge and application of the IEEE Code of Ethics as demonstrated by student analysis and findings resulting from a study of a theoretical ethics case.

IEEE is a non-profit, technical, professional association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others.