The Human Challenge in Engineering Design

Rolf A. Faste
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Stanford CA 94305-4021, USA

The fundamental need for engineering in the new century is to acknowledge and embrace the human nature of its endeavor. This paper describes a spectrum of humane concerns beginning with straightforward design issues and escalating to philosophical assumptions about the nature of man. It is my contention that engineering must either enthusiastically incorporate a broad view of humane concern, or make room for a profession that will.


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