The Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public. They are held monthly, September through June, on the second Monday of each month. The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the speaker.
November Monthly Meeting
Atlanta Metro Chapter
Time: 6:00 PM
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake
Presentation: Unwanted Adventures in Engineering Ethics
Speaker: William Womack, PE
Who does the public trust? Nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, high-school teachers, police offices, and accountants are always on the top of the list in surveys. That’s in the surveys, who does the public trust in their daily activities so much that they don’t even think about it? Without giving it a second thought, people enter public buildings, consume food and drink, and use highways, utilities, and mobile technology constantly. Somewhere in all these things of daily life there is an engineer involved. Substandard performance in any of the recognized most trustworthy professions can cause havoc. Those professions all have recognized codes of ethics and legal obligations. Likewise, substandard engineering can cause havoc; destructive fires, pernicious pollution, dangerous structure collapses, risky products, and enormous wastes. Likewise, engineers have a code of ethics. In addition to being licensed they are subject to legislated obligations to hold the safety and welfare of the public paramount.
A bad doctor might kill patients one at a time. Bad engineering has the potential of killing many more, even hundreds or thousands at once.
William Womack, PE, the electrical engineer member and past chair of the Georgia Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors will address the 6:00 PM, Monday, November 11th monthly dinner meeting of Georgia Society of Professional Engineers at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake. He will present on Unwanted Adventures in Engineering Ethics. The presentation will cover the foundational principals of engineering ethics and codes of ethics of the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and the obligations under Georgia law. Several ethic cases from NSPE and other sources will be included. The structure of the professional board, its powers and how it operates will be discussed. Bill Womack particularly agrees with Jon Schmidt, an influential professional engineer, when he says, “I advocate treating ethics as something that is integral to engineering practice, not supplemental to it.” Currently registered professional engineers, those engineers aspiring to become PEs, and others engaged in engineering would benefit from the presentation. Members of the general public are also welcomed to learn about technology, engineering and public welfare.
William (Bill) B. M. Womack, PE, a southeast Louisiana native, graduated with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering (BEE) degree from Auburn University in 1975. He became a Georgia Registered Professional Engineer in 1979. His career includes experience with Southwire in the Corporate Engineering Group and Lead Engineer for Parson Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas. In 1981 he joined three other professional engineers to form a multi-disciple consulting engineering firm, GPW&G, Inc. Bill is currently the principal of Womack & Associates, an electrical engineering consulting firm he started in 1988. Bill was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in December 2012 as the electrical engineer member of the board. He is presently the electrical engineer member of the board. Bill is also a IEEE Life Senior.
About The Meeting
The GSPE Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public. The meetings take place on the second Monday of each month, September through June. The November 11th meeting will be at The Northlake / Tucker area Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2000 Crescent Centre Blvd., Tucker, Ga. 30084. Many engineers enjoy the presentations as well as earn a required Professional Development Hour. The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 and followed by the speaker. RSVP to Ken Quintana at 770-827-8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org with GSPE RSVP in subject line or through www.meetup.com/Georgia-Society-of-Professional-Engineers-Atlanta-Metro/ is appreciated.