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Ethics - Case Studies in Stealing Trade Secrets

Ethics - Case Studies in Stealing Trade Secrets
Course Highlights

In this online engineering PDH course, principles of engineering ethics are reinforced by the examination of case studies of the theft of trade secrets by engineers.


The case studies are actual cases of theft that have been successfully prosecuted by agencies of the U.S. federal government. The ethical - rather than legal - aspects of the cases are developed by identifying specific passages in published Standards of Conduct for professional engineers that were violated by the convicted engineers.


This 2 PDH course is intended for engineers interested in increasing their understanding of the applicability and relevance of engineering ethics.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the three characteristics of trade secrets
  • Knowing the motivations for typical cases of trade secret theft
  • Learning how to relate a type of crime to a specific standard of conduct
  • Understanding common types of trade secret theft
  • Recognizing state regulatory laws for professional engineers as a source of engineering ethics principles
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Engineering Ethics—Case Studies in Stealing Trade Studies,” by Mark Rossow.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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