Professional Turning Points in Civil Engineering History

by William H. Wisely, (Hon.M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; Gainesville, Fla.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 10, Pg. 137-140

Document Type: Feature article


Historical review of the emergence of civil engineering in the United States as a profession, using the progressively changing standards of education, technical competence and public responsibility (ethics) as criteria. Analysis indicates that American civil engineering acquired true professional stature in the period 1907-1914, about 60 years after the organization of ASCE.

Subject Headings: Engineering history | Engineering education | Professional societies | Ethics | Business organizations | United States

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