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Advocacy - Voice of the Engineer

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] Attention  SEAINT  LIST  members:

In response to the recent messages on advocacy-public awareness I offer the
following:  I resurrected  the following from my archives.  The following
PRESS RELEASE  was issued in conjunction with the  Illinois observance of
National Engineers Week

I  thought it might be of interest in light of  the recent message thread.

Bob  Johnson

Illinois Engineers Week   
Engineers Make It Work
February 18.- 24, 1996
Current website:

lllinois Engineering Council
53 West Jackson Street, Suite 1730
Chicago, Illinois 60604


ENGINEERING UNITY -The Voice of the Engineer
by Walter Linzing, PE, Illinois Engineers Week, 1996

Chicago, March 1996; There must be good reasons why a national engineering
'umbrella' organization to speak for all engineers has not evolved. Doctors
have the AMA and lawyers the ABA. What do engineers have? The NSPE (National
Society of Professional Engineers) sought to be the spokesman for all
engineers, but failed. The NSPE is currently trying to redefine its' mission.
The EJC (Engineers Joint Council) sought the role and failed. There is the
elite NAE (National Academy of Engineering), but it's membership it limited
to the 'who's who' of engineering and does not represent the common engineer.
AAES (American Association of Engineering Societies), a consortium of several
engineering associations, is now seeking to be the unifying force but is not
succeeding. NSPE has decided to drop out, along with its $100,000 yearly dues

In recent years, disenfranchised electrical and defense industry engineers
have formed insignificant groups; AlE, (American Institute of Engineers ),
AACE, (American Association of Concerned Engineers) and AEA (American
Engineering Association  - All of these groups have failed
woefully in garnering support from engineers.

Maybe the better strategy is to start a new group, consensus or some sort of
functioning system called "The Voice of the Engineer".   Years ago as a young
member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers I wrote a
column for their monthly magazine, Civil Engineering. The column was called
"The Younger Viewpoint'. It was widely read and accepted across the nation by
civil engineers. Is there a need for engineers today to communicate their
views in a dynamic and effective method?    Shouldn't there be a consensus on
issues facing the engineering profession and relating these positions to the
public?   This group could comment on current concerns related to engineering
projects and technology issues.   The engineers viewpoint would accentuate
technical and ethical factors as well as common sense as to feasibility and
cost-effectiveness.  Public health, welfare and safety  would be paramount.
Many problems exist in building and maintaining the infrastructure. Ditto,
the sustainable environment.  Decisions must be decided by those versed in
these issues and not left solely to bureaucrats.

Is there a need for engineers intelligently (if not politically) to influence
public opinion?   What will be the mode for this edict?   A union of American
engineers is justified to assume leadership in an ever complex technological
world.   A unified
"Voice of the Engineer" is urgently needed for America's
engineers to assume a leadership role in serving and protecting the public in
an ever-complex (and sometimes dangerous) technological world.