ME Graduating Seniors:
The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) is holding their 98th Order of the Engineer ceremony. Due to recent circumstances, the event will be online and is scheduled to take place May 12, 6-7pm via Webex (see the attached link below for more details and registration forms). The Order of the Engineer is a one-time ceremony offered to graduating seniors to enable new engineers to publicly pledge a commitment to high ethical standards and integrity in the practice of the engineering profession. As such it is a ceremony honoring students’ transition to into their professional career. A stainless steel ring, worn on the fifth finger of the working hand, serves as a symbol of this commitment to serving with integrity in their profession. The keynote speaker for this semester is Professor Partha Mukherjee, one of our own faculty in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The deadline to register for this event is Friday, May 8th.
Over 30 years ago, I attended an Order of the Engineer Ceremony and to this day I have the signed pledge hanging on my office wall as a reminder of my obligation and responsibility as an engineer. I encourage you to participate in this meaningful ceremony. I have provided the official pledge statement below for your convenience.
I am an Engineer. In my profession I take deep pride. To it, I owe solemn obligations.
Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity’s [Mankind’s] benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.
As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.
As an Engineer, [in humility and with the need for Divine guidance,] I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.
*Note: Brackets indicate the original wording of the Obligation. Either wording is acceptable, but new certificates have the newer wording.
If you are interested in participating in this meaningful ceremony, you will need to fill out the form at the link provided above.