Courage and integrity. Don’t continue in engineering if you’re afraid to take calculated risks and make decisions on the basis of available information; very seldom will you know in advance the certain answer to any major engineering problem. The habit of straight thinking and honest action is just as important to an engineer as is the habit of cleanliness to a surgeon.
A thirst for knowledge. You should have the native inclination to delve into the fundamental truths of mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
Imagination. Every engineering product is someone’s mental picture that has become a reality. If you find it difficult to see things in your mind’s eye as they would be in actuality, you should re-examine your motives for entering engineering.
Sound judgment. You must be able to see all aspects of a question or problem and estimate the consequences likely to result from each step you take in the solution.
Accuracy. You’ll need it to succeed in technical pursuits.
Economy. You’ll need the instinct to economically use manpower, energy, and materials in producing the most effective results.
Leadership. You have a challenging opportunity to constructively lead as an engineer and as a private citizen in the field of civic and social problems. As an engineer, you must assume responsibility for applying your accomplishments most effectively for the welfare of humanity.
Ingenuity. The engineer who can take commonplace situations and apply imagination of conception and creativity to produce results will contribute the greatest benefit to mankind.
Hard work. It gives strength and vigor to the intellect and provides the dimension of depth. Intelligence is necessary to give effectiveness, honor, and dignity to labor.
Communication. Without it, all other qualities are shadowed.