With universities either in the throes of frosh week, or about to embark on this welcoming tradition for first year students, a word of caution has been issued to budding engineers by the chief executive officer of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).
On Monday Sandro Perruzza sent a letter to all OSPE members as well as deans of engineering schools in Ontario, and the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO), “to remind future engineers about protecting the reputation of the profession.”
After some encouraging remarks about how Frosh week is a good way to welcome incoming students and ease their anxieties, Perruzza writes: “It is also a great time to remind future engineers that with ready exposure to social media, one thoughtless moment during frosh week or other social events on or off campus can have a negative impact on both the university’s and student’s reputation, endanger the student’s educational pursuits, and publicly tarnish the engineering profession.”
He continues, “OSPE would like to remind all OSPE members, as well as students wishing to join OSPE, to follow our Code of Conduct, which trusts that every engineer will maintain the highest standard of integrity, personal and professional conduct.”
He concludes by saying it is an exciting time to be an engineer, wishing students well, and encouraging students to join OSPE, which provides membership to students for free.
To read the letter, click here.