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Engineers and Deep Doo-Doo

January 27, 2021

Engineers and Deep Doo-Doo

Recently the President at Marquette, Michael Lovell, attempted to fire a tenured professor who wrote a distinctly anti-Political Correctness “outing” of a Marquette University teaching assistant.

And this week, Frank Doyle, dean of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS), cancelled a course on a counter insurgency policing technique because students protested that the procedure was designed for control of militants in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The instructor in the course, Kit Parker, is a Biologist who serves as a “colonel in the United States Army Reserve and has served two combat tours in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He was also selected to serve on the Gray Team, a science advisory team assembled by the Joint Chiefs. As the operations officer of this team, he completed two additional missions to Afghanistan in 2011 to assess and report on issues pertaining to combat casualties and their care.”

In both instances, the engineers at Marquette and Harvard put their feet into “deep doo-doo” and thus sustained a general impression that engineers in academe are not astute politicians.

There are so many of them serving as college presidents, provosts and academic deans that I am compelled to ask why?

My answer in the case of Marquette was that Michael Lovell was “chosen by Marquette University academic factions because he is malleable” and had they chosen a Marxist, or another type of radical activist, wealthy donors would cease giving to Marquette.

Engineers are considered “safe” but they do step in “deep doo-doo.”

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