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The last sentence of the message that you sent included the term : 
" Engineers to assume a leadership role"
This is very interesting to me. Last week I participated in a two day
seminar on " leadership development for the Engineer"
This class was sponsored by the ASCE and the teacher was Mr... Charles C
Calhoun , Jr., PE , F.ASCE . He  retired from the United States Army Core of
engineers. The class was in Phoenix Arizona and I recommend it to all
I would like to share some of the items regarding 
" Observation of Engineering / Leadership" engineer is hired for his or her technical skills , fired for poor
people skills and promoted for leadership and management skills.    Russell
and Yao
.. random survey of 20 ( large) engineering firms ... found that none had a
formal leadership development program in place ..most sought skills ... is
constantly "engineering managers with leadership skills"    Krug(1996)
Some engineering educators and practitioners claim that undergraduate
engineering education actually drives youthful potential leaders away from
the leadership function    walesh (1995)
The  engineer who must use their left brains to deal with technique and
technology : Your primary problems are people. And you can't solve people
problems with thing.   Covey 1992
Note : By Thing Covey  means objects and material things. He indicates that
management deals with things but leadership is dealing with people.
To lead yourself use your head , to lead others use your heart.   maxwell
Some say leaders are born , not made. I am not sure .. , but I am sure they
can be developed and their skills enhanced.     Genega

-----Original Message-----
From: Rbengrguy(--nospam--at) [mailto:Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 10:53 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Advocacy - Voice of the Engineer

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    -1996. 

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'
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
AAES (American Association of Engineering Societies), a consortium of
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

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
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
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
issues facing the engineering profession and relating these positions to the

public?   This group could comment on current concerns related to
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
public opinion?   What will be the mode for this edict?   A union of
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
an ever-complex (and sometimes dangerous) technological world. 


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