Professional Ethics – Identifying and Dealing with Conflicts of Interest

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An IEEE Columbus Section Event, in collaboration with the Power & Energy Society (PES) and the Professional Activities Committee for Engineers (PACE)

Beginning in 2018, Professional Engineers in Ohio must obtain 2 hours of ethics-related training during each renewal period. Come to this IEEE PACE event to obtain 1 hour of P.E. credit and hear valuable advice on professional ethics!

Conflicts of interest are at the root of many ethical issues arising within the engineering profession and workplaces. Personal gain for yourself as an individual, for someone you care about, or for the business you work for can create situations and dilemmas where right versus wrong is not always clear as you take actions and make decisions. 


“I have integrity and respect others. I don’t cheat, lie, or steal. I learned this stuff as a small child.”  Why ethics training? Ethics training is not about teaching you to be a good person. It is about learning the ethical standards that apply to you as a professional. You need to recognize when there could be a conflict of interest and know what actions you can take. Not an easy task!


The good news is, there is help!  In this talk, common types of conflicts of interest will be discussed with engineering examples, including the profit motive, friends and family, symbiotic relationships, and quid pro quo.  The participants will be presented with various techniques for avoiding conflicts of interest, such as transparency, arm’s length rule, and ways of removing themselves from the conflict. The session will include group exercises where the participants will be considering and recommending actions for various possible conflicts of interest.


Participants will:

  • Learn the definition of Conflict of Interest and its role in Business Ethics
  • Learn how to identify Conflicts of Interest
  • Learn common techniques for avoiding Conflicts of Interest
  • Practice the techniques in hands-on exercises

  Date and Time




  • Date: 17 Apr 2018
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • 700 Morrison Road
  • Gahanna, Ohio
  • United States 43230
  • Building: AEP Ohio
  • Room Number: 1A

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  • Co-sponsored by Columbus PES Chapter
  • Starts 20 March 2018 09:30 PM
  • Ends 13 April 2018 12:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Ray Waite Ray Waite


Professional Ethics


Ray Waite is the founder of Lighthouse Force consulting company, as well as an avid speaker and presenter on topics such as leadership, innovation, critical thinking, design thinking, business ethics, and professional development. He offers advice and guidance based on his 20+ years as a senior engineering manager in the business commerce and telecom industries, including IBM, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Ray uses his experience to provide practical advice and direction to many individuals, businesses, non-profit and government organizations. His advice and ideas are “field tested and proven” within the teams he has led.

Ray earned his in computer science from The Ohio State University and his B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute and the Competent Toastmaster certificate from Toastmasters International. He is a member of the Ohio National Speaker’s Association’s ProTrack development program.


5:30 - 6:00  Light dinner and networking

6:00 - 7:00  Presentation by Ray Waite, with time for Q&A and small-group activities 

Please RSVP by April 13th using the Vtools registration link.