Research and the Professional Society

by Arthur T. Ippen,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Practice, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 2, Pg. 35-42

Document Type: Journal Paper


Basic and applied research in science and engineering of greater scope and with increased expenditures of public and private funds are today accepted as national obligations. The special challenge to civil engineers to participate in the advancement of new knowledge for a better human environment is outlined with respect to tasks and responsibilities. Present research activities of the ASCE are reviewed and new areas for expanded research efforts are presented. The importance of a revitalized and creative climate for the advancement of knowledge in the profession is stressed as a prerequisite to professional stature and growth. A course of action is suggested to assume new basic research functions by the ASCE as a matter of policy and in line with the constitution of the society.

Subject Headings: Professional societies | Public private partnership | Private sector | Human factors | Climates | Engineering education | Public policy

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