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Jacobs Engineering Leader to Examine Ethics With Students

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ethics in engineering will be the focus of a November lecture presented at the University of Kansas School of Engineering by the leader of one of the world’s largest technical professional and construction services firms.

Craig Martin, a 1972 KU civil engineering graduate and president and CEO of Jacobs, will deliver the third annual Tiberti Lecture at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Spahr Engineering Classroom, 2 Eaton Hall. The presentation, sponsored by the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, is open to all students.

“As students who are soon to be engineers working in real-world situations, it’s important that they develop their thinking on ethical issues. Their day-to-day responsibilities are going to involve delivering complex projects for clients under pressure to meet demanding expectations in terms of cost and schedule,” Martin said. “It takes courage and conviction to put ethical considerations at the forefront of their work and to never be complacent about integrity or sacrifice their principles.”

Martin joined Jacobs in 1994, was named president in 2002 and became its CEO in 2006. With more than 65,000 employees worldwide, Jacobs is one of the largest technical professional and construction services firms in the world. It provides architecture, engineering and construction support, as well as scientific and specialty consulting, to industrial, commercial and government clients.

"Our ethics define who we are professionally and personally,” Martin said. “At Jacobs, we have core values that guide our decision-making, and we have lots of way to get help if someone is uncertain about the right thing to do. The key is to be transparent and to always surface ethical concerns so you can deal with them.”

The J.A. Tiberti lecture series was established through the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in 2011 with a gift to KU Endowment from the family of Jelindo Angelo Tiberti, who founded J.A. Tiberti Construction Co. in Las Vegas in 1950. Under his leadership, the firm became a major player in construction projects throughout Las Vegas and southern Nevada.

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