Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism

Mission and Goal

The Mission of the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism is to provide engineering ethics and professionalism education, research, and communications to students, faculty, staff, and engineers in industry, government and private practice, other professionals, and citizens in the community, state, and nation. The goal of the Center is to increase the awareness of the professional and ethical obligations and responsibilities entrusted to individuals who practice engineering.

The National Institute for Engineering Ethics is also housed in the Center, and assists in accomplishing the Murdough Center mission and goals. In addition, the Center has a strong base of support and encouragement from Texas Tech University, private donors, state agencies, national professional societies, industries, and foundations. We are committed to the values of: Honesty and trustworthiness; Ethical autonomy; Cooperation and communication; Creativity and innovation; and Ethical leadership which creates and maintains an environment where engineers and engineering students feel safe in bringing up ethical issues without fear of retribution.

Symposia, workshops, and seminars have been conducted nationally and internationally for government agencies, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions. The Murdough Center and its affiliated programs are designed to:

  • Prepare students to be ethical leaders and decision makers, articulate and principled, innovative and confident, and able to think critically with sound reasoning ability;
  • Be recognized as the top public educational and research center in the United States promoting the study and communication of engineering professionalism and ethics;
  • Be widely recognized internationally; and
  • Be engaged in local, regional, state, national, and international activities promoting ethics within the engineering profession.