A new perspective that may provide both a path to its resolution and better understanding of one of the core elements of the engineering discipline has been presented. Framing the situation in terms of problem solving provides a view of non-technical subjects and their practical value that may be more appealing and compelling to engineers. The framework suggests and enables a new mode of discourse that is more effective in reaching those who remain unconvinced. Using problem solving as a backdrop leads to insights about what it takes to move beyond engineering competence to engineering leadership. Investigating the socio-technical aspects of engineering practice will help engineers build those skills by enabling them to recognize ethical problems in real-world settings, thereby preparing them to address issues of public health, safety and welfare before they require engineering intervention.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)