Letters – Engineer caught in the middle

Letters – Engineer caught in the middle
Richard Wilson I am, for my sins, one of those suited engineers who has strayed from the path of engineering righteousness by moving away from pure design to applications engineering. Now I can be derided both by the engineering fraternity who credit me, untruthfully I might add, with only a cursory knowledge of my subject, and the philistines in the world at large who still lump me in with the “beard and sandals brigade”. (I’ll never forget the time that my fianc?e broke the news to her friends that she was going out with an engineer.) George Washington, you may recall, was a military engineer and land surveyor. As a General, he issued an order on 9th June 1778, calling for engineers and engineering education. Considered to be the beginning of a United States Army Engineers School, it was eventually headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. US National Engineers Week is celebrated each year at the time of George Washington’s birthday. Roger Duerden


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