January 24, 2018 CE – Engineering Ethics

Continuing Education – Evening Lecture
Ethics – From the Great Philosophers to Professional Practice

Speaker: Richard Skeirik, P.E.

Wednesday January 24, 2018
5:15pm-5:30pm – Networking
5:30pm-6:30pm – Dinner & Presentation
6:30pm-6:45pm – Q&A Session & Closing Remarks

PDH Credit: 1 credit

Ashford Boardroom
KBR Inc.
242 Chapman Road
Newark, DE 19702

$30 Members
$35 Non-members & Guests
$15 Students
$15 KBR Employees
$15 WEBEX option

Dinner will be provided with registration for live attendance. Webex information will be provided 1 day in advance.


Engineering organizations have codes of ethics. Ethics tries to lay out what is right and wrong. But what motivates us to do right? What are the major ways people have found to define what is right? And how do our engineering codes match up to these? Does compliance with the codes make our actions right?

At the end of this active learning session, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the philosophical layers of meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics;
  • Define briefly the philosophies of Divine Command, Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Humism, and Existentialism;
  • Given a directive from a code of ethics, decide whether it comports with each of these five ethical philosophies;
  • Given a directive from a code of ethics, create an analogous directive that comports with those philosophies that it does not current comport with;
  • Given a dilemma, with two possible responses, apply each of the four philosophies to select the action that best comports with each philosophy.


Richard Skeirik holds degrees in biochemistry, chemical engineering and psychology. Wearing one hat, he is a process engineer specializing in dynamics, simulation and advanced control of chemical, polymer, and refining processes; inventor of 17 US patents in that field; and a patent litigation consultant/expert witness. Wearing another hat, he is an expert in personality disorders and author and publisher of 7 books that field.

He has worked for DuPont Engineering in process R&D; manufacturing support; artificial intelligence; manufacturing software IT; advanced process control consulting; and patent prosecution and licensing. He has worked independently as patent infringement litigation consultant; and runs an e-commerce enterprise. He is a registered PE in Delaware and earnestly seeks employment in chemical engineering.


Please register no later than Tuesday January 23 at 5:00 PM. Cancellation requests received by the registration deadline will be fully refunded.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Cynthia Tarun at cbtarun@gmail.com 832-341-4960 (Mobile).