An Engineer—Academic Looks Back
This article attempts to connect and correlate the various aspects which influence the life and career of a person, in this case, more specifically, an engineer. These include the factors that dictate the formation of one’s attitudes and character, namely, the opportunities offered, and the environment—social, political and professional. Although the traits in the character of a person may be dictated largely by nature—genetics and inheritance, the exposure and contacts of the early years, with parents, family and teachers go a long way in forming attitudes towards life. In this article, the writer has used himself as the example to construct one possible model of an engineer’s life. While going through this journey it is imperative to understand the factors that made it what it has been, it is not out of place to recount any contributions one may have made to the profession or the national development. This enables an understanding of the total package.