Professional Engineers Of North Carolina

SUM 2014

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2 the Professional Engineer Summer 2014 We're doing the right thing Have you heard the mantra "Do the right thing" used lately? Tere are countless groups and individuals using this line to tell us what we should do in all areas of our lives — religion, politics, business, sports, interactions with other people and the environment. Profes- sional engineers make a solemn pledge to protect the public good, and we have a code of ethics to follow when making professional decisions. When it comes to the public's welfare and the environment, engineers want to do the right thing. No individual or company wants to be perceived as harming the environment, and businesses don't want their customers to feel they are destroying the planet. We all live in North Carolina, and we want clean water, clean air and a good environment for our work and play. To determine the right thing we use laws and regulations, our formal education, our practical experience, the advice of family and friends, and guidance from other professionals. Laws tell us what we can't do and sometimes what we must do; however, they often don't answer the important question of what we should do. While we look to our education and our experi- ences to support us and give us practical examples of what does and does not work, as well as the advice of friends and family on what's a responsible decision, this information can often be contradic- tory. However, guidance from other engineering professionals can help lead, direct, manage, assist and support us in determining what "doing the right thing" means in our professional careers. Where do we fnd this support? Te Profes- sional Engineers of North Carolina is the perfect place to start. I have attended a wide variety of meetings, seminars, conferences and workshops sponsored by PENC over the past 20 years. Many of them focused on project outcome — what was done, what worked and why it was successful. We've continuously found the reasons for much of this success to be cooperation, teamwork, partnership, communication, and relationships — in other words, collaboration. At PENC, we support collaboration through our Action Groups — Resource Stewardship, Regulatory Reform, Infrastructure Sustainability and Engineer- ing Ethics. We develop skills, responsibility, initiative, accountability and pride through our Leadership Institute for Engineers. We create opportunities for service and networking through our chapter meetings, and we ofer education, leadership develop- ment, networking, and engagement in issues through our conference and seminar programs. I invite you to participate in PENC and dedicate your professional knowledge and skills to the advance- ment and betterment of human welfare. Whatever method you choose to connect with PENC and your fellow professionals, join us in helping each other evaluate and determine how to "Do the right thing." Bill Roberts, PE, is a Manager of Economic Development at Duke Energy in Hickory, N.C. He is the current President of PENC. PENC brings professional engineers together for the common good B y B i l l R o B E R t s , P E F r o m t h e p r e s i d e n t B y B i l l R o B e R t s , P e

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