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The Engineering Decisionmaking Process
Author(s): George A. Hazelrigg
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Paper Abstract

We think of modern civilization as a technological society, fed by scientific advance and engineering implementation resulting in new products and services. The role played by engineers in this process is every bit as important as that played by scientists, yet the public associates scientists with technology, not engineers. And when engineering advances are made, such as the recent fabrication of an 80 micron electrostatic motor, the news media announced the event by saying, "Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley have... " This despite the fact that they were engineers. Even engineers seem to like being referred to as scientists. The news media frequently refer to "scientific achievements" and "engineering failures." I think that engineers have lost, or perhaps never found, their identity. Finding this identity is a crucial step in the evolution of the engineering profession, and, I believe, it could lead to advances in the art itself.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1002, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VII, (27 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960266
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George A. Hazelrigg, National Science Foundation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1002:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VII
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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