31 Jan '14, 6pm

Donald Christiansen and the Making of IEEE Spectrum

Donald Christiansen and the Making of IEEE Spectrum

And so it began. Christiansen’s tenure at Spectrum , from 1972 to 1993, was characterized by journalistic vigor and an unwavering focus on the member-reader. In his Spectral Lines columns, he prodded engineers to become more active in their companies as managers and to volunteer their expertise as citizens; he commented on the burning tech-related topics of the day; and he celebrated the simple pleasures of designing something elegant. Whistle-blowing, occupational dilemmas, and the sometimes conflicting demands of morality and loyalty were frequent subjects. “An employed engineer is sometimes drawn between the purely moral thing to do, and what management would have him do,” he says. Under Christiansen, staff editors (full disclosure: For nine happy years, I was one of them) were encouraged to pursue newsy and controversial topics, to follow them wherever they led, and to...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/donald-christ...

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