June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Engineering and Public Policy
22.169.1 - 22.169.16
AN EVALUATION OF PARTICIPATION OF THE CITIZEN ENGINEERABSTRACTIn 2004, ASEE President Sherra Kerns challenged members to imagine an age of the CitizenEngineer – socially conscious engineers engaged in proactively tackling the challenges that facethe world today.Participation in the political process is one key aspect to being an effective “Citizen Engineer”.Since 2004, the authors have surveyed practicing professionals and conducted workshops atASEE Midwest Section, Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) meetings and the2009 Kansas Transportation Conference to encourage participation in the political process.Survey questions were asked to determine practicing professional levels of interest andparticipation in federal, state, and local issues. The surveys also identified areas whereparticipants might take the time to be involved.Workshop materials included information on Federal/Regional/State/Local Initiatives,summarized barriers to participation, and provided information on actions to take to become aneffective citizen engineer. Survey results reveal significantly high levels of voter registration andparticipation in the election process. However, survey results also reveal limited contact withstate and local politicians and almost no contact with elected state and local school boardofficials.Recommendations for future action include: Continue workshops to better educate engineers onactions to take in the political process, provide engineers with candidate information anddates/times to meet with elected officials, support political action committees, and assistengineers in running for office and serving on advisory boards.
Roberts, T. C. (2011, June), An Evaluation of the Participation of the Citizen Engineer Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17451
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