...Virtues in Engineering
William F. May said of the expert: “He had better be virtuous. Few may be in a position to discredit him. The knowledge explosion is also an ignorance explosion; if knowledge is power, then ignorance is powerlessness” (Harris 30). In the context of engineering, this places engineers in a very special position. Because of this power, which few may ever possess, it becomes necessary for engineers to be virtuous or posses certain attributes for the welfare of the public and in order to be good engineers. However, what are these virtues and why are they so critical to the function and operation of being an engineer?
In establishing a list of necessary virtues, one must first consider the purpose of engineering. Webster’s Dictionary defines engineering as “the science concerned with putting scientific knowledge into practical uses” (“Engineering” 1a). Therefore, an engineer is a person who applies knowledge in such a way that others can benefit thereby. Knowing this, the task of discovering the virtues of engineers becomes much easier.
In order to be a good engineer one must therefore be technically competent. Without this, it matters little whether or not the engineer is honest, responsible, benevolent, just, reliable, compassionate, or generous. He will still fail in his basic purpose to alter the material environment by using his knowledge of math and science...
Dr. Moustafa A. Chaaban Egyptian Society of Mechanical Engineers Professor, Ain Shams University, Faculty of Engineering Cairo, Egypt
Introduction What does word Ethic mean? Elements of Engineering Ethics In Engineering Profession Engineer relation with public Engineer relation with client and staff Relation between engineers
Several meetings of Engineering Syndicate in the world had already taken place in order to put forward Engineering Ethics. Also several International Engineering Conferences had already considered Engineering ethics aiming to promote the profession.
What does word Ethic mean?
The study of standard of conduct and moral judgment. The code of morals of a particular person, religion, group, profession, etc. So, Ethics are very important for engineering profession and also engineers.
Elements of Engineering Ethics
Responsibility to society, clients and staff. Competence. Integrity. Impartiality. Corruption.
In Engineering Profession
Engineer must help in increasing effectiveness of engineering profession by exchange of information and experience with other engineers, and cooperation with all engineering societies, schools and scientific engineering journals. Engineer must not announce of his work...
Within the UMass Amherst Amherst College of Engineering it will be very evident while sitting in class or walking through campus that you will have a wide variety of ethnicities around you. You can be sitting in chemistry class and have someone from China sitting next to you and then have someone from Africa sitting on the other side of you. People from all different countries and cultures come to colleges to succeed in life. Most people who are in your Higher level Engineering classes and haven’t been weeded out by the introduction classes will all have the same set of interests. The first being that just about everyone who is in the engineering college are not big fans of reading and writing and they love math and science which is why they would rather sit and do a thousand math problems over writing a paper. Secondly just about everyone who is going to succeed in the engineering program is extremely creative. When you work on group projects in your classes you will notice that everyone will have so many of their own ideas and every individual will be able to bring their own ideas to the project. Its not like high school where if you had a group project everyone would turn to the smartest kid in the group for all the answers because everyone else is lazy. Which leads to the next point that to be an engineer you should learn to like working with others. Teamwork is the...
‘Engineering ethics’ refer to the ethical issues involved in the engineering profession. Ethics are concerned with moral decisions in professional behaviour. Whilst morality generally refers to any aspect of human action, ethics is concerned with making the ‘right’ decisions in a professional context. Engineering ethics and consideration of the impact of engineering on the environment are issues of relevance and importance to any engineer or engineering student.
Ethics is concerned with utilitarianism – the production of the greatest good for the greatest number. A contentious ethical issue for engineers is when to privilege their work over the environment. Engineering impacts both positively and negatively on the environment. Current and future engineers need to holistically consider all aspects of the environmental impact of their work, and its ethical implications. All interactions with the environment have the potential to create an ethical dilemma of progress versus sustainable development.
Stakeholders may include individuals, groups or organisations which affect or are affected by the actions of the relevant parties. When analysing environmental impact, the interests of the people, flora and fauna in the area are relevant considerations to be taken into account. It must be borne in mind that projects may have positive socio-economic effects –...
...My answer is simple: it’s the fact that engineering is a creative enterprise, one that requires intense imagination and sometimes lots of sweat, blood and tears.
The greatest inventors of the past were creative, intelligent thinkers who imagined solutions. This to me embodies engineering today. As a software engineer, I’m called upon to answer difficult technical problems that involve creating solutionsthat require innovation and invention. Engineers are modern-day inventors.
Engineers simply think differently than many other professions. This ostensibly creates differences in mindset and opinion between engineers and managers who do not think similarly; it’s that difference in thought process at work that creates strife. Successful managers, or managers who were or are developers, learn to understand the whimsical (in the playful and imaginative sense) and creative nature of engineering and empower engineers to imagine, innovate and invent.Engineering is an exciting profession, but one of its greatest advantages is that it will leave you time for all the other things in your life that you love!
Engineering is a great outlet for the imagination—the perfectfield for independent thinkers.
Engineering takes teamwork, and you’ll work with all kinds of people inside and outsidethe field. Whether they’re designers or architects, doctors or entrepreneurs, you’ll be surrounded by smart, inspiring people.
...Engineering has been my passion since very early age. During the childhood, I had been involved in servicing and troubleshooting of various home appliances. I began to incline towards engineering when I heard one of my teachers saying "Everything in universe is engineering, even the rise of sun and flight of birds have some engineering behind."
I got interest in Biomedical engineering as my career for life because of its unique blend of life sciences with the technical skills of engineering. Biomedical is among the most rapidly growing discipline with the most attracting area for research and development. My preferred areas of interest remained in instrumentation and electronics. However, I am keen interested to pursue my further studies in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The advancement of nanotechnology and the effects it has had on civilization has always put my attraction towards it. I strongly belief that nanotechnology is an important resource, and will going to be more important to industry and medicine, as fields like Electronics and Computer Science are developed. To explore more myself my particulars and details of academic s are mention in below going paragraphs.
It is possible that the roots of my fascination with nanoscience came from a class lecture on nanotechnology. As dull and as eccentric as it may seem, the 50 minutes lecture that I attended became appealing for me...
I am writing to you to express my interest in applying for the masters programme in “Engineering Materials Science with particular interest in "XXXXXXX”, which is scheduled to begin August 2013. I appreciate this opportunity and I would like to provide further information about my personality and motivation.
I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Engineering in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering with a major in Metallurgy, from XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. I was ranked among the top five students with an average score above 75%.
My professional goal is to be a foremost lecturer, Consultant and Researcher in the field of Materials Engineering with particular interest in Materials Selection and Process Design. My undergraduate studies of steel, lightweight metals, semi-conductors, ceramics, polymers and composites had exposed me to the reality and demand of my choice of career and have provided me with the rudiment, which I am optimistic this programme would augment greatly, to achieve my goal.
My first exposure to the field of Materials Science and Engineering was in my Second year during my undergraduate study with “Introduction to Physical Metallurgy” and “Introduction to Chemical Metallurgy”. Having entered the university with no clear understanding or enthusiasm of what materials engineering study entails, my interest began to grow as I was exposed to several concepts and...
...What is a Metaphor ?
A Metaphor is an “expression of an understanding of one concept in terms of
another concept, where there is some similarity or correlation between the two”
according to the LinguaLinks Library. Metaphors are used by anyone trying to convey an
idea in an indirect manner. We use them daily without realizing it. Metaphors put a twist
in daily language in that they are a unique way of describing a concept. There are
common metaphors that we use everyday and not so common ones which are used
specifically in some kind of field for example engineering. Since engineers usually work
as a team to accomplish a goal, they use metaphors to communicate with each other
There are thousands of metaphors that are used almost unconsciously every day.
They are viewed as ways to encode different points of views in regular conversations. An
example of a common metaphor is “jumping for joy.” In order to understand this
metaphor, we have to look for the concept first. The concept is Joy or Happiness and the
action of jumping is used to convey the significance of joy. For example when a High
School student receives his/her acceptance letter from a university they applied to, they
get overwhelmed with happiness, so they “jump for joy.”
Another common metaphor is “you are the light in my life.” Here the concept is
life and the quality of life is signified by...