Professional Ethics Webinar: Why Good Engineers and Agencies Do Bad Things

Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 9:00–11:00 am

About the Webinar

Why do good engineers and organizations act unethically? Why do people who apparently know right from wrong nonetheless act unethically? 

This virtual training session began with a discussion of the classic Stanley Milgram punishment experiments, seeking to understand how they help explain unethical behavior. It then reviewed case studies of engineering problems, providing a foundation for an analysis of whether you could be the next person to act unethically.


David Schultz is a Hamline University professor who has taught ethics class for 25 years. He also holds an appointment at the University of Minnesota Law School. Schultz is regularly interviewed in the local, national, and international media about politics and ethics and his comments have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on NPR, MSNBC, and CNN. Schultz is the author of more than 45 books and 200 articles.


To the best of our knowledge, this webinar met the continuing education requirements for 2.0 ethics-related Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. Learn more about continuing education for professionals from the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID.


This webinar was sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies.