The Role of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Influencing Public Policy on Controversial Technical Issuesby 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 policy | Public health and safety | Public opinions | Professional societies
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