Course Author Spotlight: Ray W. James


Ray W. James, P.E., Ph.D., F ASCE, is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. James is also Associate Head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, holder of the Bovay Faculty Fellowship and course coordinator for the College of Engineering. In addition to teaching mechanics and structural engineering courses, he regularly teaches a course titled Engineering and Ethics, which is required of all engineering majors at Texas A&M. Dr. James served as Assistant Dean for Student Services in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University from 2005-2012.

Ethics for the Practicing Engineer

His research interest is primarily in the area of highway bridge engineering. Dr. James has participated in, and led, College of Engineering study abroad programs in France and Germany.

A registered professional engineer in Texas, Dr. James has authored or co-authored more than 25 publications and is a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He won the Arthur M. Wellington Prize from ASCE in 1988 and the Charles W. Crawford Service Award from the College of Engineering in 2009.

He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau engineering honor societies. He is a co-author of the 5th edition of Engineering Ethics—Concepts and Cases, as well as the author of a chapter on “Ethics and Business Practices” for Kaplan’s Fundamentals of Engineering—FE/EIT Exam Preparation, 18th ed. He has also developed and offered commercial short courses on engineering ethics to professional societies and corporate clients across the globe.


He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas.

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