1981 Essay Contest Winners

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 3, Pg. 60-64


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The fourth and fifth prize essays in Civil Engineering Magazines 1981 Essay Contest are Alan Mooney's Have we abandoned our responsibility to nurture young engineers? and Joel Rosenblatt's Exploding some housing myths. Mooney contends that today's experienced engineers are much less willing to nurture the new engineer than was the case a decade or more ago; and that this bodes ill for the future of the engineering profession. In his essay, Rosenblatt argues that Operation Breakthrough never really had any promise to substantially reduce housing costs. Reason: it focused on material and labor costs. The most significant cost item, though, are land costs, financing costs, administrative costs—none of which were addressed.

Subject Headings: Professional role | Professional development | Housing | Costs

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