Engineers want media to listen up
September 27, 2007
By Canadian Consulting Engineer
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is offering to speak out to the media on issues of importance ...
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is offering to speak out to the media on issues of importance to the public.
On September 17, the society issued a media advisory saying that engineers would be available to comment on topical issues of the day. Those issues might include the need for a consistent power supply, for safe drinking water, or on environmental issues such as clean energy, roads and railways, etc.
OSPE points out that engineers are often overlooked in times of public uncertainty and fear, but that they are a vital information resource. It advises the media to consult them because: “An engineer with expertise in a relevant discipline will explain the situation in a clear and concise manner. They will help educate the reporter resulting in a more informative and balanced story.”
“As engineers, we want our voice to be heard and our expertise to be recognized,” said Michael Monette, P.Eng., president and chair of OSPE. The organization is the advocacy body for Ontario’s 70,000 professional engineers.