Invitation to Participate in ASME Wiki Project - Unwritten Laws of Engineering

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  • Invitation to Participate in ASME Wiki Project - Unwritten Laws of Engineering

    Dear ASME Volunteer Leader,

    Today it seems that engineering knowledge changes so quickly in the rapidly changing world of technology.  Is there anything really timeless about our profession?  Surprisingly yes - as evidenced by a set of professional principles written some 75 years ago which remain relevant today.  In 1944 the ASME Mechanical Engineering magazine published three articles by W. J. King about what every engineer should know (yet is rarely taught at university).  It was reprinted as the Unwritten Laws of Engineering in 1994 and published as the Unwritten Laws of Engineering with Revisions and Additions in 2001.  We are embarking on an update of this publication and invite you to be a contributor.

    The objective of this “team-based” project is to refresh and expand an historic document for the 21st century, and to release it in 2020 - a year when multiple ASME technical divisions and sections are celebrating their centennial.

    The book contains three parts:

    • What every beginning engineer needs to know
    • What every engineering manager/leader needs to know
    • What every engineer needs to know about professional development (ethics, career)

    What is critically needed to make the publication relevant in the 21st century is more than an update of the three chapters, we need a fourth chapter on “What every engineer needs to know about teams, collaborations and systems engineering.”

    In the spirit of collaborative engineering today we invite everyone in our society to consider contributing to the update. We are using a new ASME Wiki tool to "crowdsource" the initiative - and invite you to be a part of updating the laws along with creating a new chapter on collaboration.

    All contributors will need to register to use the wiki tool and to complete a copyright release. We plan to recognize all contributions to the finished work in the updated publication.
    Please register here:
    Once registered you will be able to access the main site

    What wisdom have you discovered in your career which should be memorialized in our new Unwritten Laws of Engineering for the 21st Century?
    Please share this email with your individual communities. Please direct any queries to me at:

    Thanks for your consideration and support of this effort.

    Michael F. Molnar PE FASME
    Member, ASME Board of Governors

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