Engineering for People

by Richard R. Harbert, Civ. Engr.; Power and Industrial Div., Bechtel Corp., San Francisco, CA; former ASCE Student Chapter Pres., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 387-391

Document Type: Journal Paper


The engineering profession must be concerned with achieving and maintaining a life-supporting environment and be constantly aware of the impact of technology on society and the environment. In an attempt to develop for engineering students a proper and constructive approach to resolving the difficult problems of social, environmental, and engineering interaction, 11 Oregon State students undertook a project study. The topic chosen for investigation was the impact of nuclear power generation in the Pacific Northwest, developing conclusions and recommendations concerning its acceptability. The result was a 67 page report, heavily referenced, which was distributed to the Governors of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and other individuals involved with power generation throughout the country. The project was successful in that it provided a useful summary of information and helped improve the student engineer's image.

Subject Headings: Students | Engineering profession | Professional societies | Space life support systems | Social factors | Environmental issues | Nuclear power | Power transmission | United States | Oregon | Pacific Northwest | Washington | Idaho

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