It's Time to Look at the Unionization of Engineers
If you are a civil engineer, registered or not, the prospect of unions and all they portend usually means something unfavorable to you. Like it or not, however, engineers will probably...

What Is the Construction Foreman Really Like—
By interviewing 65 construction managers and field supervisors, the first-line supervisor's job is studied to develop a better understanding of what constitutes effective...

Density Currents and Their Applications
The velocity of propagation of a variety of gravity motivated density currents is given. Several stratification configurations of the ambient fluid environment are considered. Applications...

Tomorrow's Professional Engineer — Public's Advocate—
If tomorrow's PE is to become the public's advocate and help to generate criteria for solving society's problems whenever his expertise peermits,...

Participative Decision Making in Construction
Since industrial and governmental organizations have successfully employed participative decision making to improve job satisfaction and productivity, this behavioral science concept was...

Motivation of Construction Workers
Effective motivation of construction workers is best achieved by developing the satisfactions inherent in the construction work itself. A basic review of the present motivation theories,...

Metrication — An Australian Non-Event
Australia's experience with metrication indicates that a series of small, but rapid conversions, well planned in advance, can minimize the cost and inconvenience associated...

Transverse Bending of Laminated Anisotropic Plates
This technical note is motivated by an earlier paper on laminated anisotropic plates which are symmetric about their midplanes, as well as by a recent reconsideration of the effect of...

Motivating Students Towards Professional Thinking
Professionalism is an important part of the student's training and his success or failure as a practicing engineer depends heavily on how well he has learned professionalism...

Enlightened Employers' Continuing Education Policies
An enlightened continuing education policy maintains an environment conducive to professional development. The successful application of such a policy requires a sharing of responsibility...

Motivation of Students Towards Professional Thinking
Though engineering has substantially improved civilized life, it still has many faults attributable to widespread lack of professionalism in engineering practice. Education in professionalism...

Inverse Problem of Structural Optimization
In this technical note, an inverse problem of structural optimization is considered. The problem is motivated by many real-world situations and is stated as: Given a structure, how much...

Nader's Raiders Versus California Water Project
In his sweeping attack on practically all facets of American life, Ralph Nader has investigated the California Water Project, and the philosophy, skill and motivations of those who made...

Professionalism in Construction
The expanding complexity of technology in buildings, increased design sophistication, and need for total project responsibility is demanding more comprehensive and professional construction...

Engineer Shortage—A Myth That is as Bad as A Guile
The public warnings of a present and future Engineer Shortage and indiscriminate encouragement of youngsters into an engineering career is a mistake. They ignore the realities of the supply...

Motivation of Construction Craftsmen
Motivation of construction craftsmen could prove to be a great boon in the fight to keep down the cost growth of construction production. Scientific management principles as applied to...

Construction Personnel Management
Construction management concentrates so heavily on increasing production by using better machinery and longer working days that worker morale and motivation are often neglected. Manufacturers...

Designing Specifications - A Challenge
Designing specifications is a challenge and requires the services of skilled and experienced engineers. The philosophy of a specification is most important, as it provides a thread of...

Effect of the Space Age on the Engineering Profession
The space age has created many problems for the professional engineer by increasing the demand for engineers, by accelerating the rate of technical obsolescence, by merging the role of...

Meaning of the Professional License to Engineers
Many engineers obtain their professional engineering license each year, although most of them readily admit that they do not have direct use for it in their job. This paper presents the...

 

 

 

 

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