Ethical Leadership in Engineering | April 10, 2019



Engineers operate in a framework of personal interaction and regulatory compliance in virtually every aspect of their professional activities. Learning to foresee, understand, and navigate the potential ethical conflicts is important to a successful engineering career. This workshop will outline the meaning – and potential confusion – of ethics.

Attendees of this workshop had the chance to first complete the Ethical Lens Inventory to learn about their own ethical lens and the four quadrant ELI model. Then in the is workshop, participants were challenged by an interactive business case study (based on a true story), presented their views and worked in groups to determine how they will handle the situation. After the experience, the actual outcome of the real-life version were shared with participants.

John Miller is Principal at JT Miller Group LLC providing management consulting services to the energy industry. He currently serves as Senior VP of Human Resources and Government Relations as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for Macpherson Energy Corporation—an integrated energy provider delivering oil, gas, and renewable energy. Over the course of his career, Miller has engaged in consulting and held executive roles at numerous companies across the energy industry, including: Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Senior VP of Project Development at the Calpine Corporation, President of the Power Resources Division for Thermo EcoTek, as well as President & CEO at Pacific Generation Company.

Mr. Miller has been a guest lecturer at OSU’s College of Engineering Leadership Academy for 3 years. He also has been a guest lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business Sustainable Energy Program for 2 years.

Miller holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, and earned an MBA from the University of Portland.