Ethics: The Heart of the Engineering Profession

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:00–11:00 am

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 reviewed why ethics is a core principle of the engineering industry and used pertinent case studies to outline some of the ethical issues that engineers encounter throughout their careers. The training discussed the gamut of issues; reviewed the engineering code of ethics applicable to professional societies, professional licensing boards, and our places of employment; and introduced tools and resources to 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.

Who Should Attend

This training was designed for engineers in the private and public sectors and professionals in academia.


To the best of our knowledge, this training met 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 was presented by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.