I am auditing an awesome course on “human behavior and organizational factors, …” with Professor Bea, here in Berkeley’s civil engineering department. He’s an amazing lecturer, one of those professors that you just can’t forget.
Here’s one of his quotes that I’d like to share with you:
“You have the power of God in your hands, as engineers. You can save lives and of course can easily take lives when your design fails. Based on 50 years of experience as an engineer having witnessed many failures, I tell you now that almost 80% of all engineering breakdowns happen because engineers are not well trained in dealing with people and fail in effective communication and management.”