Ethics: The Heart of the Engineering Profession

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
9:00–11:00 a.m. Central


About the Event

Technology has advanced engineering as a profession over the past 40 years. While technology has changed, people have not, and we continue to face the same ethical dilemmas we faced 40 years ago.

This virtual training will review why ethics is a core principle of the engineering industry and use pertinent case studies to outline some of the ethical issues that engineers encounter throughout their careers. The training will discuss the gamut of issues; review the engineering code of ethics applicable to professional societies, professional licensing boards, and our places of employment; and introduce tools and resources that will help engineers stay on the right path, professionally.


James (Jim) T. Johnson, Jr., PE, is a senior consultant/regional coastal services lead with Duffield Associates. His career has spanned more than 40 years in both the public and private sectors. While in the public sector, he served as the chief engineer for the Delaware Department of Transportation and was the executive director for the Delaware River & Bay Authority, a bistate transportation agency. Jim has held a variety of roles with consultants working on major public works projects, most notably the SR 1 Relief Route for the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Guam Commercial Port Improvement Program for the US Department of Transportation.  

Jim has been active in professional organizations and frequently lectures on the importance of ethics in the engineering profession. He is a registered professional engineer in Delaware and Maryland. He was recognized as Delaware’s engineer of the year in 2004. Jim received a BSCE from Virginia Tech and an MS in strategic leadership from Neumann University.


The training will be held online using Zoom. Registered attendees will receive the Zoom link via email two weeks prior to the event. The link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you.

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for engineers in the private and public sectors as well as professionals in academia.


To the best of our knowledge, this training meets the continuing education requirements for 2.0 ethics-related Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107.

More Information

For more information, contact Katherine Stanley at or 612-626-1023.


This training is presented by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.