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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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1. “Citizen Engineer” Defined

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“The scientist describes what is; the engineer creates what never was.”

—Theodore von Karman

To put it as simply as possible, Citizen Engineers are the connection point between science and society—between pure knowledge and how it is used. Citizen Engineers are techno-responsible, environmentally responsible, economically responsible, socially responsible participants in the engineering community.

You’ll find additional shades of meaning in the term Citizen Engineer as you examine its elements separately. What is an engineer? An engineer is a constructive artist. The art of engineering is based on science and mathematics, ...

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