Season 2, Episode #2
Engineering fact, not opinion with Rowan Peck
Welcome Season 2 Episode 2
Fake news and news about fake news is everywhere. A lot of people are talking about it, and a lot of people are concerned about it’s impacts. But have you considered the impact on the engineering industry if fake news became fact?
we’re on the wrong side of the fence, in a society where opinion is taken more seriously than fact is
What if a client believed the fake news over what an engineer said? What if engineers stop questioning the news and started believing facts that just weren’t correct.
Fundamentally, engineering is a science. We don’t always deal in hard, cold, black and white facts
Rowan believes it is an engineer’s responsibility to correct errors where they are evident. He quotes General David Morrison
the standard you walk past is the standard you accept
Rowan is concerned that people’s opinions are starting to matter more than scientific fact and engineering knowledge.
It’s a big challenge for engineering because the more we allow opinion to be more important than facts … the less credibility engineering has in general
Links discussed during the episode
Rowan’s favourite piece of engineering is La Sagrada Familia. Mel’s favourite podcast (after Engineering Heroes of course) is 99% Invisible and she had just listened to an episode they had released telling to story about this fascinating church. Have a listen!
Rowan quotes Lieutenant General David Morrison AO who is a fascinating human.
Sir John Monash is the engineer Rowan most admires. Mel loves that he has a number of statues around Australia to commemorate this great engineer. Read more about him here.
About Rowan Peck
Rowan is a Chartered Practicing Electrical Engineer who studied at University of Sydney and is also an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer.
Over the years Rowan has worked with Esso, Baulderstone Hornibrook and Concrete Constructions. And for over 21 years he worked with Norman Disney and Young Consulting Engineers where he was a Director in the Sydney, Auckland and Canberra offices.
Rowan’s technical ability and organisational skills see him recognised by his peers as a leader in the industry.
He is the chair of the A/NZ Standards subcommittee and an Australian international expert member to the IEC for switchboards. He has presented at conferences around the world and he has been an active supporter and sponsor of Communities@Work ACT, Red Cross, UNHCR, Hartley Lifecare and the ANU Sol Invictus World Solar Challenge.
He is currently the Founder and Director of Mission Critical Systems where he continues to provide practical solutions to power system challenges, for facilities which must remain operational throughout their lifecycle.
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