18 August 2004
A Career of Human Significance
Are there opportunities in the technical professions for the youth of today? Be assured that the young engineer, chemist, or physicist who wants to do something that will count in terms of human welfare and advancement has a great opportunity. All mankind faces a future of uncertainty. But many of the “ifs” of life are influenced greatly by scientists and engineers. If your community is to be prosperous; if America is to provide jobs for all who seek them; if our people are to be safe and free from disease; if they are to enjoy time-saving transportation; if they are to live in the open and not huddled in slums; if the news and the culture and entertainment of the world are to be brought to them by radio and television; if we are to continue to grow and prosper as a people when our resources dwindle; if our soil is to be kept fertile and not washed away; if America is to assist developing nations through technical cooperation and sound financing; if any of these real feats are to be accomplished, men and women of science and technology have a vast and challenging job to do.