The Engineer and Pollution Control—Some Objections to the Simplistic Approach

by Samuel C. Florman, (F.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Kreisler Borg Florman Constr. Company, Scarsdale, NY,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 383-386

Document Type: Journal Paper


A critique is given of the report submitted by a sub-council to the National Industrial Pollution Control Council. Engineering, as noted by the writer, has been moving inevitably toward specialization. Therefore, it is impossible to add a whole new science, or complex of sciences, on top of everything a competent practicing engineer is now expected to know. As in a court of law, working truths concerning pollution control must evolve out of dispute. Engineers will not be judge and jury, but rather advocates for different courses of action. What most engineers do need is a truly liberal education. Engineers who have studied the arts and humanities will know something of the eternal quest for beauty, goodness and truth.

Subject Headings: Pollution | Industries | Laws | Dispute resolution | Education

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