Navigating the Ethical Dilemmas that Arise in Every Day Engineering Practice

Experience Level: Any level of experience

Lessons from the greatest engineering  ethical lapse in American history. A webinar focused on navigating the common dilemmas that arise in everyday engineering practice including: Why Ethics? the fundamental principles, the significance of the professional seal, how to maintain  your license, integrity and sanity.  Sources of trouble and how to stay out of it. Best practices- pick your clients and projects carefully. The importance of good business practices. Is  it unethical to competitively bid? Dealing with emerging technologies.

Learning Objective:

Why Codes of Ethics are important
How to a manage ethical dilemmas
How to manage conflicts of interest


1 PDH (NY Approval Pending)


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D.S. Thaler and Associates, Inc.

Is the Managing Principal of D.S. Thaler & Assoc., LLC; a civil and environmental engineering firm that he founded in 1976. In 2019, he won the NSPE  Award  the highest award given by NSPE to an individual.

David is involved with projects of extraordinary complexity and his firm has designed more than 4,000  land development assignments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The firm has extensive experience with large, difficult, and environmentally complex projects and has created many innovative designs. For instance, David invented “Super Silt Fence,” a technique that is now an international standard. 

David is a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Royal Geographical Society in London. He is a  Board  certified Diplomate of both the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineering. He has been honored numerous times by many organizations, has received several Lifetime Achievement awards, and holds Maryland’s highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross.
Extremely active in professional affairs, Thaler has served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers for over 30 years, including as President. He was the founding president of the Land Development Council of Maryland, Chair of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of numerous professional and technical societies. 

Thaler has been a highly visible and vocal advocate for well-engineered and designed communities and has been a tireless voice of the engineering profession. A polymath, he has published more than 250 articles and five books on a wide variety of subjects including one with Professor Larry Gibson, biographer of Thurgood Marshall, on whether the journalist, H L Mencken was a racist or Antisemite. 
 David  has lectured at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Including the University of Maryland School of Architecture,  Johns Hopkins , and the University of Baltimore School of Law where he was Visiting Scholar.

Internationally, Thaler participated in the Rule of Law Project in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Russia where he lectured on documenting and transferring real property at the Northwest Cadastral Land Institute of the Leningrad Oblast.

David also identified the original instrument used by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in their iconic survey of 1762-1767, proved its provenance, raised the funds for its restoration and organized an event where he ceremonially presented the restored instrument to the National Park Service as a “Gift to the Nation” from the engineers and surveyors of America.

He is also an accomplished bagpiper and for many years served as the Pipe Major of the Baltimore Police Department Ceremonial Unit where he performed at civic events and the funerals of many police, firefighters, and servicemembers killed in action including at Arlington National Cemetery.

T Andrew Brown, BSCE, PE

Project manager

ATCS Consultants

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Andrew Brown, PE has over a decade of experience in civil engineering and the construction industry.  His career has spanned multiple disciplines, including project management, site/civil engineering, land development, technical sales, geotechnical engineering, and construction inspection.  Andrew currently works as a project manager with the ATCS Site/Civil team in Largo, Maryland, and he serves on the state board of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers as president elect.


Live event: 11/16/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.