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Discussion 1 : Layton describes the approaches of the four founder societies of engineering professionals--ASCE, AIME, ASME, and AIEE. In 3-4 sentences, state which of these organizations would be most appealing to you to join based on its membership criteria, stances on professional behavior, and relationship to business, and why. In 1-2 sentences, state which would be least appealing and why? Then, identify two posts by your classmates that identified different societies. Respond and let them know whether you are convinced by their reasoning, or suggest a reason why they may wish to reconsider their initial post (2-3 sentences total). I would join ASME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME had a loose interpretation of the rules, which allowed for a more diverse influence of the society. ASME did not take a hard stance on professional behavior, unlike ASCE. With relation to business, Frederick R. Hutton, a secretary of ASME was quoted as saying, “The engineer must be what he is often called, a businessman” (Layton, 37). ASCE was the least appealing society. It had an exclusivity that alienated three groups of engineers, new engineers, local civil engineers and specialized engineers (Layton, 31). Discussion 2 : Burr argues that engineers should study mathematics even if "It matters little that the engineer is seldom required in his practical life to use the pure mathematics for purposes of investigation." Welch, by contrast, argues that "Too much time spent on scientific abstractions and refinements (however such useful things may be to the philosopher), is more than wasted by the engineer; it unfits him for practical purposes." Which author do you agree with more? Explain why,
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