Improving the Civil Engineering Profession: Essay Contest Winners

by David Noonan,
Thomas Larson,
Daniel Yake,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 3, Pg. 47-50


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: In the October, 1980 issue, Civil Engineering—ASCE announced an essay contest on the following questions: How can the civil engineering profession be improved? How can civil engineering works be planned, designed, constructed, operated, or maintained more efficiently? The winners are announced, and some of the best essay are published. The First Prize essay, by David Noonan, examines the tendency for many engineers to focus in on one component of a large system — often ignoring the total system itself? and what impact their actions are having on it. Second Prize winner Daniel Yake argues the case for yanking engineers out from behind their drafting tables into the public arena. Another Second Prize winner, Thomas Larson, discusses the need for engineers to stop paying lip service to environmental concerns and to start taking environmental impacts — and concrete steps to abate them — seriously.

Subject Headings: Awards | Engineering profession | Professional development | Civil engineering | Environmental engineering

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