Purple and green engineers
Engineering Foresight?", Sept. 27
To the Editor:
The engineers did not put that couch in the river, nor did it ever display a drowned person. We had a raft with our flag and a dummy on it floating safely in the river, and we removed it after the police received numerous reports of a dead body in the river.
The point of engineering pranks is to do something amusing using our technical knowledge and creativity. If it was a group of engineering sophs, or any engineers at all who threw that couch in the river, they were certainly acting without the consent of the main body of engineers and I hope they are duly ashamed. When engineers pull pranks, we are responsible and we have the foresight to make plans for a clean-up.
I agree that there is a need to think ahead about the effects of our actions on the environment, but why target engineers when trying to bring that point across?
If you look into our faculty you'll see there's an entire program in the civil engineering discipline called environmental engineering. It's a program created to help engineers use their skills to aid the environment and clean up after projects that may have been somewhat short-sighted. Engineers all over the world are coming up with green solutions to the planet's problems.
Next time you want to write about the virtues of thinking ahead, put some forethought into who it is you're slandering.