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Re: International EngineerAWARDS
- To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
- Subject: Re: International EngineerAWARDS
- From: Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 13:18:59 EDT
- Cc: fintan(--nospam--at)engologist.com
In a message dated 4/2/07 12:37:49 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
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Engineers worldwide must be impressed with the
vision and commitment of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and
the IEEE in their major campaign to improve the image of Engineers.
It is hoped that the European Engineering Societies and others will
follow suit. I have just one concern and that is that the Engineers should be
referred to as *Professional Engineers*, otherwise the campaign with increase
the public image of train drivers and other so-called Engineers as well !
All approved Graduate Engineers are Professional Engineers. All P.E's etc.,
are Licensed Professional Engineers in my thinking.
Continuous International publicity is not happening as
Journalists will not peruse the VERY MANY International Engineering
Society Websites on a regular basis. Paying for publicity may only lead
to local coverage.
My idea is to have ONE International Website solely
for AWARDS and PRESS RELEASES only. To this end I have constructed a
ROUGH SAMPLE DRAFT Website, http://www.EngineerAWARDS.com, as an example to
show where Journalists and others could go to at any time with little effort.
Engineering Societies would carry their Press Releases and AWARDS on their own
Website as usual. These would also be shown on the
website, * http://www.EngineerAWARDS.com
*. I also have secured the domain name, * EngineerAWARDS.org *.
Since the electronic Media has no boundaries it is
essential that we talk in International terms. The Draper Prize is supposed to
be International but very few Engineers let alone the general public
outside the U.S have ever heard of it.
Support for this idea would be
I would like to mention something that I suggested
before. This century has produced possibly the most distinguished and
inventive Engineers of all time. It is true to say that many are reaching old
age and may not be with us for much longer. Respecting these Engineers with
Awards is not enough as the general public internationally might not be
privileged to the publicity associated with these awards. See High
Profile Engineers, http://www.EngineerAWARDS.com. My idea is to have a ONE-OFF International function
for all of these Engineers. If any of these Engineers do not wish to attend,
well this is their prerogative. The International Media attention for such an
event would be enormous and would be EXTREMELY helpful for the image of
the profession. As well it would be becoming. Where are the Societies with
vision and an International focus? !!
Finally, I feel that not enough is being done to
promote the Technologist and Technician professions. It is in the interest of
Engineers to do so in parallel with promoting Engineers. As well, efforts
should be made to ensure that Engineers in underdeveloped countries protect
Engineers and not go down the road that we went down. Both of these issues do
or will impact on the image of Engineers Internationally.
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