ECE Ethics Lecture: Donna Davis

Donna Davis
Director, Mission Systems Sector Ethics & Compliance
Northrop Grumman Corporation
“Engineering Ethics – Workplace Risks & Remedies”
Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:00 p.m.
Larsen 310

The Carole and Harlan Harrell Engineering Ethics Lecture in ECE


Amid the pressures and demands of our challenging professional environment, ethics remains a cornerstone of our personal integrity and our organization’s reputation. Yet, despite these high stakes for ourselves, our careers and our companies, unethical behavior still occurs. This presentation will explore the primary ethical challenges and risks confronting engineering professionals in a typical workplace setting. Case scenarios, based on real situations, will be shared to illustrate themes. Recommended actions to mitigate unethical behavior will also be discussed.


As Director of Ethics and Compliance for the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector, Ms. Davis supports leadership to enhance a work environment of shared values, high ethical standards, and compliance with laws, policies, and procedures. She is responsible for global ethics policy, communications and training, and the Ethics OpenLine reporting and investigations process for the sector. Ms. Davis also chairs the sector Ethics Committee.

Ms. Davis has progressed through a number of business and program management positions with increased responsibility, including Manager of Business Operations for Advanced Commercial Systems, Manager of Information Security, and Manager of Security Services.
Ms. Davis completed her Ph.D. course work at the University of Maryland. She received a Master of Science from Central Michigan University, and earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore.