May 15, 2018 CE – Engineering Codes

Continuing Education – Evening Lecture
Engineering Codes: Ethics or Law?

Presenter: Richard Skeirik, P.E.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
5:15pm-5:30pm – Networking
5:30pm-7:30pm – Dinner, Presentation
7:30pm-7:45pm – Q&A Session & Closing Remarks

PDH Credit: 2 credits

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.


As engineers we’re expected to comply with codes. Sometimes these are called codes of ethics. But are they ethics? Ethics and law each derive from philosophy. Philosophical ethics tries to empower us to decide what is right and wrong. Law serves a more social purpose, usually focused on maintaining order within society. Engineering codes seem to tell us what is right and wrong, but they also try to maintain order within the subset of society in which we work as engineers. So, engineering codes: are they ethics or law?

In this two hour workshop, we’ll explore both philosophies: ethics and the philosophy of law. We’ll explore some important ethical systems and look at how they might work for engineering problems. We’ll use the philosophy of law to build an understanding of the components of a legal system. Then we’ll examine what each of these requires of us. With this, we’ll dissect the codes of ethics and conduct that we work under. We’ll look at both the organization that imposes the strictures and the individual strictures to decide whether they are ethical, legal, or both. Last, we’ll try to re-engineer our codes into something that we, as practicing engineers, can more easily comply with.


Richard Skeirik holds degrees in biochemistry, chemical engineering and psychology. A veteran of numerous roles in DuPont research, manufacturing, IT and engineering, he specializes in dynamics, simulation and advanced control of chemical, polymer, and refining processes. Inventor of 17 patents bringing artificial intelligence into process control, he has worked as a litigation consultant and expert witness in patent infringement. He is also an expert in the psychology of personality disorders and author and publisher of 7 books in that field. He is a registered PE in Delaware and earnestly seeks employment in chemical engineering.


Please register no later than Monday, May 14 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 832-341-4960 (Mobile).