Seminar- Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice

Mason Building 1133
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 13:45
Mr. Arthur Schwartz
Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel
National Society of Professional Engineers

This presentation will focus on engin eering ethics principles and concepts, foundations of the various professional and technical society codes of ethics, including such topics as protection of the public health safety and welfare, professional competency, objectivity, truthfulness,  confidentiality, conflicts of interests and emerging issues/challenges affecting the practice of engineering. Examples of ethical dilemmas will be reviewed and discussed. 


Mr. Arthur Schwartz is the deputy executive director and general counsel of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and he also serves as the executive director of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, an NSPE affinity group, and DiscoverE Corporate Secretary. His responsibilities include serving as staff director to the NSPE Board of Ethical Review, the Committee on Policy and Advocacy, the Professional Liability Committee, and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee. 

Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1977) and a Juris Doctor degree from the American University/Washington College of Law (1980). Schwartz is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the District of Columbia, Florida, and Virginia Bar Associations. He is also a certified association executive (CAE). Schwartz writes both an ethics column and a legal column in NSPE's monthly publication, PE magazine, and has written extensively for various professional journals on matters involving ethics, professional liability, contracts, and engineering licensing and has participated as a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, and national professional association conventions. 

Schwartz has authored more than 400 published ethics decisions and has written dozens of articles and papers addressing such topics as the protection of the public health and safety, conflicts of interest, duty of confidentiality, professional competency, liability, risk management, contracts, insurance, and other professional practice issues. 

Schwartz, a native of New York City, has resided in Arlington, Virginia, since 1980 with his wife Marsha Lederman, an illustrator. They have two adult children, Zach and Genna.