Engineering’s Impact on Society. Stanley M. Howard, PhD, PE Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD. Acknowledgement.
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Stanley M. Howard, PhD, PE
Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD
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Consequences are more likely to be identified when people with varied expertise and perspectives offer input.
Number of People of Varied
Backgrounds Offering Input
Develop a set of specific procedures to
Inform the public whenever society could be affected by the proposed project except in cases of simple consumer options or national security authorized by the legally empowered governmental agency.
Resources Available to Achieve an Informed Consensus
A reporter selected by each group will present their analysis
Clean and Cheap Renewable Power, Small Land Requirements, Economic Stimulation and Options, Low Impact
Periodic, No on-demand Supply, Noisy, New Power Grid Needed, Aesthetics, Bird Strikes, Maintenance, Large Land Requirements, More Activity
Note: The contradictory items offered by a group of engineers. Imagine the contradictions had the group been more diverse. This illustrates the role of values and intangibles.
Possible Unintended Consequences
Need more infrastructure
Adverse affect on current energy-related industry
Displacement of Agri-business
Electromagnetic induced cancers
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Focus groups, previous projects
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