Special message for engineering students!

August 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Posted in UDRI | Leave a comment
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Welcome back to classes, everyone. Just a reminder, if you need it: There are indeed some engineers and other science/technology professionals who make a conscious choice not to work on military contracts.

I’ve previously mentioned this regarding Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon who does not work on such contracts, as stated in P.W. Singer’s book Wired for War (page 170, Chapter 9).

One more example: An article about drones, “Here’s Looking At You,” from the May 14 New Yorker, written by Nick Paumgarten, mentions a Canadian aeronautical engineer named Tad McGeer:

“McGeer left the company and started a new one [in part] because he was opposed, on principle, to making war machines . . . “

(The other reason he left was that he thought civilian applications would be more efficient and therefore more economically viable.)

So if you find yourself thinking along these lines, you are not alone. I’m not sure if any engineers at the University of Dayton are going to tell you that . . .


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