An engineer disagrees on a major issue with his employer. He explains why he disagrees, but is unsuccessful in getting the decision changed. Question: Are there any situations in which he should publicly "Blow the Whistle" or expose his employer? (For example, in the case of what he considers to be an ill-advised freeway or canal project or airport or dam.) He can always quit, of course, but seldom will his quitting lead to a changed decision on a disputed engineering matter. If he does blow the whistle, he could be fired--will his profession support him, or at least investigate whether he should be supported and not fired." Indeed, Ralph Nader says a man is truly a professional only if he is in a field where his fellow specialists do support their whistle blowers. In this article four civil engineers discuss the issue.

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  • Accession Number: 00050331
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 11 1974 12:00AM