The Role of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Influencing Public Policy on Controversial Technical Issues

by Melissa Ruppert, Pres. ASCE Student Chapter and Sr.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Louisiana Tech Univ. Ruston, La. 71270,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 3, Pg. 213-216

Document Type: Journal Paper


Civil Engineers have earned the responsibility of protecting, informing, and advising the public on controversial issues related to their field. Civil Engineers can best serve society in this capacity through the united voice of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As a group, this professional organization can influence public policy, resulting in the most beneficial outcome for society. Society needs to be protected from hazards, informed on issues that concern the well being of the public, and advised on the possible alternatives concerning controversial issues. Civil engineers are in the best positions to perform these duties due to their technical background and their experience in serving the general public.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Public policy | Public opinions | Professional societies

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