Public Affairs Primer

by Norman L. Cooper, (M.ASCE), Engr.; U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Washington, D.C.,
Brian J. Lewis, (F.ASCE), Consultant; Wayne, Pa.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 9, Pg. 84-88

Document Type: Feature article


Many civil engineers don't bother getting involved in public affairs. And they are poorer for it — poor not necessarily in monetary rewards, but in the satisfaction that comes from helping one's community. When an individual civil engineer or his ASCE Section or Branch gets involved in public affairs, should they tackle a controversial issue? How to identify those issues to tackle? Won't such an effort take time away from technical activities, which is really ASCE's true mission? These and other questions are answered by leaders of the Society's Committee on Public Affairs and Legislation. Three sidebars reflect other aspects of public affairs: The Society's current stance on the subject; what some Sections are currently doing in the area; and the case of an individual civil engineer who got involved.

Subject Headings: Public participation | Legislation | Case studies

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