Lessons amid the Rubble An Introduction to Post-Disaster Engineering and Ethics

ISBN-10: 0801897203

ISBN-13: 9780801897207

Edition: 2010

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The aftermath of September 11, 2001, brought the subject of engineering-failure forensics to public attention as had no previous catastrophe. In keeping with the engineering profession's long tradition of building a positive future out of disasters, Lessons amid the Rubble uses the collapse of the World Trade Center towers to explore the nature and future of engineering education in the United States.Sarah K. A. Pfatteicher draws on historical and current practice in engineering design, construction, and curricula to discuss how engineers should conceive, organize, and execute a search for the reasons behind the failure of man-made structures. Her survey traces the analytical journey engineers take after a disaster and discusses the technical, social, and moral implications of their work. After providing an overview of the investigations into the collapse of the Twin Towers, Pfatteicher explores six related events to reveal deceptively simple lessons about the engineering enterprise, each of which embodies an ethical dilemma at the heart of the profession. In tying these themes together, Pfatteicher highlights issues of professionalism and professional identity infused in engineering education and encourages an explicit, direct conversation about their meaning.Sophisticated and engagingly written, this volume combines history, engineering, ethics, and philosophy to provoke a deep discussion about the symbolic meaning of buildings and other structures and the nature of engineering.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Introduction Why?
�A Very Imperfect Process� Engineering Problem-Solving 101
�Finding Hope in the Ruins� A Short History of Engineering Disasters
�A New Era� The Limits of Engineering Expertise in a Post-9/11 World
�Safe from Every Possible Event� How to Strive for the Impossible
�Architectural Terrorism� Why Moderation Matters
�These Material Things� Passion and Power in Engineering
Conclusion �More Time for the Dreaming�: Engineering Curricula for the Twenty-First Century
Acknowledgments
Notes
Recommended Reading
Index
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