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"
...an engineer is hired for his or her technical skills , fired for poor
people skills and promoted for leadership and management skills. Russell
.. 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
From: Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)aol.com [mailto:Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 10:53 PM
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.
Illinois Engineers Week
Engineers Make It Work
February 18.- 24, 1996
Current website: www.ujima.org/new
lllinois Engineering Council
53 West Jackson Street, Suite 1730
Chicago, Illinois 60604
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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 - www.aea.org). 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 www.asce.org) 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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