Engineers as problem-solving leaders: Embracing the humanities

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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