Journal Article Title: Ethical Practice of Forensic Engineering: Avoiding the Hidden Bias
Article Author(s): Dixon, E. Joyce, Executive Director NAFE
Volume: 3
Volume #: 2
Month: December
Year: 1986


The engineer is guided through membership in professional and technical groups by a code of ethics. There are various definitions given in Webster's: (a) 'The discipline dealing with what is good or bad or right or wrong or with moral duty and obligation;' and (b) 'The principles of conduct governing an individual or a profession . . .standards of behavior.' This paper does not need to list the Code of Ethics for Engineers as prescribed. It is enough to say that the vast majority of any group will conform to the ethics of that group, so the assumption is made in this paper that the question of ethical behavior per se is not at issue-the forensic engineer desires to conduct himself or herself in an ethical manner in the course of investigations. The writer has observed the professional qualifications of the members of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the group is quite outstanding for the quality of its members. What is addressed in the following is the topic of hidden bias and the need to critically examine how the forensic engineer is not immune to its pervasiveness.

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