Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Burchard-Juarez Urges Industry Introspection

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) recently featured an article written by Garver Project Manager Keri Burchard-Juarez in its national publication, PE Magazine. The article, entitled “In Flint’s Aftermath, a Time for Introspection,” addresses the obligation engineers have to ensure public safety as it relates to infrastructure, even under substantial financial strain.

In the wake of the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in which the city’s financial strain led to compromised decision-making—and ultimately a water supply contaminated with lead—Keri urges engineers to “examine our own practice of the engineering profession and sharpen our focus on the responsibilities that come with the title of professional engineer.”

“Many local and state governments are operating under the acute financial strain of maintaining aging infrastructure,” Keri said. “We can use the lessons of Flint to strengthen our resolve to provide complete, competent, and honest engineering recommendations even in the face of financial and political pressures.”

At Garver, we’re committed to our clients, but we're also committed to our clients’ constituency, and the integrity of the infrastructure we design. Public health and safety is paramount in our work, as it should be across our industry, and we’re proud to have professionals like Keri championing that message.

NSPE members can click here to read Keri’s article in its entirety.


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