The Challenge for Engineering

by Murray A. Muspratt, Visiting Scholar; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 4, Pg. 237-244

Document Type: Journal Paper


The engineering profession is shown to be under continuous challenge from neo-Ludditism, and its mistakes, which were without guilt, are being used to adversely influence public opinion. Engineers today need expanding knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences to be able to meet their expanding responsibilities. The future for civil engineering is examined in detail for impacts from zero population growth, the computer revolution, narrow technical decisions, mass education, and the nation's economic outlook: it is shown that civil engineers might well devote more of their energies to developing skills in public policy.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Engineering education | Public policy | Public opinions | Social factors | Population projection | Computing in civil engineering | Economic factors

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