Re: suggested proposals for federal election integrity legislation

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 30 2006 - 05:53:35 CST

At 2:06 PM -0800 11/25/06, Barbara Simons wrote:
>You can find ACM's position on licensing of software engineers,
>together with links to all of the reports mentioned above, at
>http://www.acm.org/serving/se_policy/.
>
>I realize that we use the phrases "computer engineering" and "software
>engineering" all the time. But I think we need to be judicious in the
>use of those phrases, because of the legal implications surrounding the
>word "engineer".

Gee, I'm a member of the IEEE. Does that make me an "engineer"?

I think that the term "computer engineer" referring to people who
design or build hardware and the term "software engineer" for people
who design or build software is well understood in the technical
vernacular. Since those who have gone through the PE licensing
process are allowed to use that designation after their names, the
question is easily settled whether someone has a license or not.
When the person who takes away the trash is called a "sanitation
engineer," it is clear that one must be more precise in using
credentials than one need be for mere titles.

Best regards,
Arthur
(whose Ph.D. was issued by a School of Engineering barely a few
months after Stanford's Computer Science Dept. switched schools for
better faculty salaries and more billets (i.e., faculty slots))

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