Politics and Engineering

by Robert P. Cannon, (M.ASCE), Civil Engr.; Cannon Structures, Provo, Utah,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 12, Pg. 69-70

Document Type: Feature article


The 1991 winner of the Daniel W. Mead Student essay contest states that there is a stereotype of engineers as those who derive recreational pleasure from seeing who can do most with a Hewlett-Packard. The engineer, while not scorned, is sometimes overlooked when one thinks of professions that make significant contributions to society. Being involved politically is an obligation and a privilege. A grass roots involvement is essential, and engineers should become involved in projects that can be benefitted by engineering expertise. The community should know that we are concerned citizens, but prudent engineers will screen projects for possible conflict of interest prior to becoming heavily involved.

Subject Headings: Political factors | Vegetation | Students | Recreation | Professional societies

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