Engineering — As If People Mattered

by Frank D. Schaumburg, (M.ASCE), Dept. Chmn.; Dept. of Civil Engineering, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, Oreg.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 10, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


The drive toward analytical precision, scientific sophistication, economic efficiency, and materialistic achievement, and the movement away from the humanist perspective is a current pitfall of the engineering profession. Parallels are drawn between the role of the engineering profession and E.F. Schumacher's contention that the main subject matter of economics is goods rather than economics as if people mattered. A revised curriculum and more emphasis on the liberal arts is recommended.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Economic factors | Curricula

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