Can Engineers Save the Republic?

by Victor V. Veysey, Director; Industrial Relations Center, California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, Calif.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 123-127

Document Type: Journal Paper


America is beset by multiple problems of high intensity. Solutions to many of these may be found through the application of appropriate technology, in many cases under public policies enacted by the Congress. Engineers are under-represented in the federal legislative body. Consequently, decision-making on technical problems is often faulty and public confidence is undermined. By training and orientation, many engineers have considered they were not appropriate in the legislative process. This reluctance to stand for election and to devote substantial time to public service must be overcome in order to provide vital input and strength to government. Increasingly, engineers will see this duty and this opportunity to serve. Engineers may well provide the margin of strength needed to rescue the beleaguered Republic.

Subject Headings: Legislation | Public policy | Federal government | Decision making | Geological faults | Training | Public services

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