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Creative engineers?

by mel starrs on November 19, 2007

in The Profession

Spotted this great retort to Jonathan Glancey from Chris Wise in the Guardian:

This need is poorly served by specialised research universities and corporate engineering practice, rooted as it is in the postwar era and a scientific tendency to avoid responsibility. Nowadays, sums are so easy that many engineers try to analyse their way to an answer, diligently solving the wrong problem, rather than think their way to a solution. That is the root of the shortage of engineering expertise. I believe you can halve the engineering time spent on projects just by thinking clearly first.

He is explicit about the need to overhaul tertiary engineering education (something which I think is widely recognised), but I’m particularly impressed with his laying the blame for torpid engineering at the feet of the blame culture we currently work in.  So how do we change that then?  He doesn’t come up with a solution as such, but is optimistic that the crises facing the industry today will somehow pull us out of the mire we are stuck in…