InFocus Columns - Complete List

#InFocus 01: @STRUCTUREmag editorial board vision (premier resource), mission (engage/enlighten/empower) & objectives

#InFocus 02: Everyone learns about the scientific method in school, but what about the engineering method?

#InFocus 03: Engineers must exercise good judgment to develop & implement fallible heuristics successfully.

#InFocus 04: There are often lessons to be learned from failures that can facilitate successful engineering design.

#InFocus 05: September 11, 2001 was an important date in my life and career--and not just for the obvious reason.

#InFocus 06: LEED ratings/credentials are tools for improving sustainability; why not something similar for security?

#InFocus 07: BS+30, NCSEA curriculum, or BA then 3-year professional school; which is best for engineering education?

#InFocus 08: Performance-based design is an alternative to prescriptive codes; explicit consideration of risk next?

#InFocus 09: Coordinated & complete construction documents convey specified complexity produced by intelligent design

#InFocus 10: 33rd US President, Harry S Truman, offered numerous nuggets of wisdom for current & prospective leaders.

#InFocus 11: US Constitution is an excellent design document & the structure it set up has been key to its success.

#InFocus 12: Engineering knowledge is different from scientific knowledge, both in their goals and in their content.

#InFocus 13: The Order of the Engineer provides a way to assert our ethical commitment & identify w/ our profession.

#InFocus 14: Categorizing (structural) engineering knowledge, how it is acquired & how it is used in practice.

#InFocus 15: Engineering reasoning involves contingency, probability, particularity, concreteness & practice.

#InFocus 16: The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes conveys the wisdom of Solomon regarding risk management.

#InFocus 17: Engineering is as much art as science; it involves "the conscious use of skill & creative imagination."

#InFocus 18: What elevates an occupation to the status of a profession? Does engineering qualify?

#InFocus 19: An attempt at tracing history of a humorous but largely accurate definition of structural engineering.

#InFocus 20: Structural art exhibits efficiency, economy & elegance, exemplified by Eiffel Tower & Brooklyn Bridge.

#InFocus 21: Design procedures are not deterministic; two models can both be "correct," yet yield different results.

#InFocus 22: The history of structural engineering is marked by paradigm shifts in the thinking of its practitioners.

#InFocus 23: Bernard Lonergan's critical realism offers comprehensive theory of knowledge acquisition & utilization.

#InFocus 24: Intelligence is more than mere application of rules to facts; it is embodied, situational & purposeful.

#InFocus 25: What it means to be a person & including willing as well as knowing in Lonergan's cognitional theory.

#InFocus 26: If science is systematic way of knowing, then engineering could be seen as systematic way of willing.

#InFocus 27: Engineering tends to be instrumental in nature, exploited by others to achieve their own objectives.

#InFocus 28: Engineers select formal, material & efficient causes of artifacts in light of final causes.

#InFocus 29: Engineers translate functional/intentional requirements for artifacts into physical/structural ones.

#InFocus 30: Virtue ethics is alternative to typical engineering ethics approaches of deontology & consequentialism.

#InFocus 31: KC memorial for Hyatt victims would be fitting reminder of each engineer's responsibility to the public.

#InFocus 32: Self-assessment of competence is unreliable; engineers should practice only within scope of exams passed

#InFocus 33: To apply virtue ethics, engineers must identify goods internal to their practice & corresponding virtues

#InFocus 34: Engineering licensure should be discipline-specific, just like the 3 Es--education, experience & exams.

#InFocus 35: SE licensure sets a higher bar, reflecting unique responsibility for public safety, health & welfare.

#InFocus 36: Competent engineering requires considerable practice-generated knowledge-how, not just knowledge-that.

#InFocus 37: Lincoln's secret for persuasive speech was his adaptation of Euclid's method of geometrical proof.

#InFocus 38: Formal education imparts rules & maxims, but genuine competence involves much more, including judgment.

#InFocus 39: Virtues are analogous to skills in that they require both natural talent & training by experience.

#InFocus 40: Modern culture exalts technical rationality, detracting from theoretical knowledge & practical judgment.

#InFocus 41: Technical rationality has a rightful place within engineering, but practical judgment is also necessary.

#InFocus 42: Engineers perceived as solitary technical problem-solvers, but spend most time engaging w/ other people.

#InFocus 43: Engineers ought to work toward the material well-being of all people, not just a privileged group.

#InFocus 44: Engineers mitigate risks assoc w/ products & projects by pursuing safety, sustainability & efficiency.

#InFocus 45: Virtuous engineers objectively assess risk, carefully manage risk & honestly communicate risk.

#InFocus 46: Engineering judgment makes it possible to strike the right balance among internal goods & moral virtues.

#InFocus 47: Virtuous engineering clarifies what engineers do, how they do it & why it matters. #VirtuousEngineers

#InFocus 48: Engineers bear certain responsibilities due to their role as risk assessors, managers & communicators.

#InFocus 49: Risk-taking is a good decision when based on defensible grounds discerned using judgment & sensitivity.

#InFocus 50: New Mexico's flag, seal & capitol building reflect its unique history & culture.

#InFocus 51: The predominance of technical rationality over practical judgment has detrimental impacts on society.

#InFocus 52: Virtue ethics must recognize central role of practical judgment to be normatively & empirically adequate

#InFocus 53: Successful inventors go thru 5 phases w/ each providing necessary & sufficient conditions for the next.

#InFocus 54: Aristotle's virtue ethics & Lonergan's cognitive theory acknowledge role of emotions in moral living.

#InFocus 55: Spreading ideas is difficult, but Chip & Dan Heath have identified 6 key ways to make them "sticky."

#InFocus 56: Narrative thinking & good stories could provide helpful insights about engineers & their practice.

#InFocus 57: Various authors advocate an "Ignorance-Based Worldview" that recognizes the limits of our knowledge.

#InFocus 58: Systems that are both complicated & complex are "wicked"; i.e., not amenable to formal models.

#InFocus 59: Exploring the relationship between representation & reality yields insights for engineering practice.

#InFocus 60: All good things must come to an end, including my tenure chairing @STRUCTUREmag editorial board.

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