Order of the Engineer | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Affirming engineers' professional ethical responsibilities

2019 Order of the Engineer Ceremony

Date:  Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Zupnik Forum at A. James Clark Hall
Student Tickets: $25 for dinner and a ring (on Monday, April 8, ticket price increases to $35)
Alumni Tickets: $35 for dinner and a ring
Guest Tickets: $25 for dinner only (no ring)

For ring sizing, students should visit their department's main office for more information.

Questions?  Contact Karen Wagner at kmarcher@umd.edu or 301-405-0224.

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Order of the Engineer

The Order of the Engineer is the roster of engineers in the United States who have participated in an Engineers’ Ring Ceremony and who have publicly accepted the Obligation of an Engineer.

The first Ring Ceremony was then held in 1925 at the University of Toronto. The rings are rumored to have been created from the remains of the Quebec Bridge, which became a source of embarrassment for design engineers when it collapsed in 1907. The rings' purpose was to serve as a reminder of the consequences of failures and that engineers must persist in the pursuit of excellence. There are currently 250 "links" in the United States. The Clark School is Link 137.

Obligation of an Engineer

The obligation is the formal statement of an engineer’s responsibilities to the public and to the profession and is publicly accepted during induction at a Ring Ceremony. The obligation is similar to the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Engineer’s Creed, the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development’s Canon, and the Canadian Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. It is symbolized by a steel band wear on the small finger of an engineer's working hand.

Eligibility for Induction

Those eligible for induction include:

  • Graduates in engineering from engineering curricula accredited by ABET
  • Seniors in ABET-accredited engineering curricula within two academic terms of graduation
  • Engineering students graduating in any term in 2019
  • Licensed professional engineers
  • Special individuals who, by reason of education, eminence, or experience, are deemed worthy of the order

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