Stimulating Creativity in the Civil Engineering Profession

by Morris Hochburg, Manager, Value Engineer; Greeley & Hansen, Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 12, Pg. 54-55

Document Type: Feature article


A major activity missing from both civil engineering education and practice are means for stimulating creativity. Ideas for boosting creativity in the profession and discussed here are: brainstorming sessions in several cities at once using satellite communications; awards for creative work by students; seminars on creativity in major cities; professional recognition to individuals and teams that generate creative ideas; subsidized lectures on creativity to appear before local ASCE chapters; compensation to engineers for creative ideas that are implemented; encouragement for experienced engineers to share their hard-won experience and creative ideas with others.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession

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