Maintaining best ethical practices in science, technology, engineering and medicinal fields has long been an area of interest within the profession and community. Early ethical considerations include formal inquiries made into the validity and of mesmerism, and with the rise of professional engineering associations in the 19th century, ethical codes became formerly drafted. The American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) adopted its code of ethics in 1912, and American Institute of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Mechnical Engineers (ASME) both adopted ethical codes in 1914. Today, many engineering associations maintain formal committees, such as the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee.
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