Roles & Professionalism
1Quote of the Week??//**
Working together for the common good
Roles of Engineers
Engineers & the Environment
Engineers as Professionals
3Books & Resources
Engineering & Social Justice, by Donna Riley, 2008; Morgan & Claypool Publishers.
Bridging the Gap Between Engineering & the Global
World: A Case Study of the Coconut (Coir) Fiber
Industry in Kerala, India, by Shobha K. Bhatia &
Jennifer L. Smith, 2008; Morgan & Claypool
To explain the various roles that engineers play in
To appreciate the professionalism of engineers in
contributing to society.
To position engineers to be proactive in meeting societal needs.Introduction
How do people perceive engineers?
Whatever the popular perception of an engineer, this
lesson will focus on different roles of, and played by,
Not exactly life overwhelmed by:
designs (structural, hydrological, chips, fuzzy systems & control; cyber-security, etc.),
supervision of construction etc.
Life as an engineer is more than this, and sometime he
plays roles which on first impression are not linked to
their professional training.
It is stressed that the training received as an engineer is part of the reasons which an engineer can display his
The Engineer is versatile!
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Various roles played by engineers include:
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Engineers as Managers
Who is a manager?
Someone who plans, organizes, coordinates, controls, executes, and achieves the objectives that are entrusted upon him.
Are engineers good managers?
E.g. Alfred Sloan of General Motors – electrical engineer 10Roles of Engineers
Engineers as Managers
The management gurus: many of them were trained as engineers! Michael E Porter – “competitive advantage” –
W. Edward Deming – “quality” - electrical engineer Joseph Juran – “quality” – electrical engineer
Henry Mintzberg – “strategic management” – mechanical engineer
Tom Peters – “Excellence” – civil engineer
F.W. Taylor – “scientific management”, “time motion study” – mechanical engineer (?)
Henry Fayol – “Industrial management” – mining engineer Henry Gantt – “Gantt chart” – mechanical engineer 11Roles of Engineers
Engineers as Scientists
Science and engineering are interlinked; it would not be wrong to say that engineering is applied science. (Science is the theoretical foundation of engineering?)
Paul Dirac – 1933 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics – trained as an electrical engineer
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Engineers as experts
E.g. Giving expert opinions in court as to what could have been the cause(s) of the issues in dispute: Highland Tower
tragedy, Dingo baby case;
Melcom Achimota building disaster
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Engineers as politicians
Almost the entire Chinese leadership are engineers!
Hu Jintao, fmr. Chinese Prez – Hydraulic engineer
Boris Yelsin, fmr. Russian President – civil engineer
Prof. De Graft Johnson, fmr. V.P., Ghana (1979-81) – civil engineer
Aliu Mahama, fmr. V.P., Ghana (2001-09) – building tech 14Roles of Engineers
Engineers in Politics:
Picture of the world
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Engineers as academics
Need I say more?
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Engineers as salesmen
Engineers as entrepreneurs
Engineers as lawyers?
Engineers as Reverends or Pastors
17Engineers & the Environment
Engineers don’t operate in a vacuum:
They are part and parcel of the society;
They exist to meet the needs of society;
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