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Since the Fall 2020 Semester, the text for CE-401 has been "A Civil Engineer's Risky, Non-technical Journey Through Ethics, Law, and Business" by J. Richard Cheeks

The text has been 40 years in the making
as the content and approach to CE 401 has evolved
with annual changes and three major transformations in 1987, 2000, and 2018.
The final transformation moved much of the content and
seminar experience to the CANVAS system, and this transformation was
still occurring in 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis prevented in person
meetings for the final 2 months of the Spring 2020 semester.
The 2018 transformation to CANVAS allowed a relatively seamless
transition to online instruction for the balance of the Spring Semester,
and the time arrived to finalize the text project.

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The manuscript of the book has been updated as of May 2022 to incorporate all Errata items identified over the course of the Spring 2022 semester. The currently available text includes these May 2022 revisions. The manuscript for the text will be revised again following the Fall 2022 semester, and texts purchased after January 1, 2023 will incorporate these corrections and revisions.


On August 26, 2022, Richard Cheeks started his 43rd consecutive year as an adjunct professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. During his tenure, Mr. Cheeks has introduced over two generations of Kentucky Civil Engineers to the non-technical aspects of engineering practice.


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