New Engineers President - social media can help engineers

New Engineers President - social media can help engineers

27 May 2011 at 00:00
Facebook and Twitter can help engineers to come out of the shadows and better communicate their vast contribution to virtually every aspect of Ireland’s economy and broader society, according to the new President of Engineers Ireland, PJ Rudden.
 
Mr Rudden was giving his inaugural presidential address at the Engineers Ireland AGM.
 
He said social media offered an untapped opportunity for the engineering sector to highlight its vital input into national policies and its role advancing new technologies in emerging sectors. “As a profession, we need to be confident and go on Facebook and Twitter to tweet, blog and shout about the huge contribution engineers make to Ireland.  Leadership is about making the difficult things happen.  If the engineering sector is to lead in the economic life of our country we need to do more than just engineer.  Engineers need to influence, to invent, to innovate, to inspire, but above all to communicate the entirety of all this to John and Mary Citizen.  Ireland is striving to develop smarter transport systems to move people and products, to protect its finite water resources and to manage more effectively its recoverable resources in waste but it is vital we as engineers communicate to the public at large that it is the engineering sector that is making all this happen.” 
 
Mr Rudden also said in his address that the engineering profession is still not subject to the same statutory rigours as other professionals which remains an anomaly: “While we adhere to international and best practice guidelines, our profession - unlike the legal and medical professions - remains unregulated and this is a concern that we hope to address at Government level in the year ahead.  We have seen in recent years the effects of 'soft touch' or indeed no regulation in banking and business life and want our engineering profession to not only meet the highest international standards but be seen to meet them also.  We need new legislation to regulate the engineering profession as quickly as possible.”   
 
The launch by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, earlier this week of the Engineers Ireland report, The State Of Ireland –A Review of Infrastructure in Ireland, also provided Government with a useful aid to prioritise infrastructure projects that are most critical to our future according to Mr Rudden.