Eric Landis, professor and chair of the University of Maine, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, shared the sentiments of many: "In most cases, students will not have quite as much depth and breadth of technical skills due to pressures both to decrease the required credit hours, as well as increased emphasis on 'soft skills.'" But proponents believe by requiring more general studies courses, we are shaping more well-rounded professionals and developing management, leadership, and communication skills needed for business success.
We were able to tailor a very talented advisory committee on this particular question, including Eric Landis, a structural engineer at the University of Maine chosen by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for its 2006 Professor of the Year Award for his outstanding teaching.
Stephen M. Shaler, Professor of Wood Science/Assistant Director, Eric Landis, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, and Lech Muszynski, Assistant Scientist, Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, Univ. of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA, and Svetlana Vasic, Research Scientist, National Inst. for Structures & Materials Testing, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia
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