Engineering is generally regarded as a profession of integrity. There are, however, exceptions. Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery. Because they’re a clever bunch, engineers tend to gravitate toward intellectual crimes, but a few have been known to cross over into violence, ranging from assault to murder.
We’ve collected photos of some of engineering’s best-known offenders. From cloak-and-dagger spies to passionate pepper sprayers, we present some of the most notable, and strangest, of engineering’s malefactors.
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Nearly 30 years after shooting four men who he thought were trying to mug him on a New York subway, Bernhard Goetz’s name is still remembered internationally. Goetz, who held a B.S. degree in electrical and nuclear engineering from New York University, was acquitted of attempted murder and first degree assault charges, but was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. (Source: Google Images/Time.com)
Those are all good and common sense ways to go if you can. The main issue I have with high profile GW prophets is that they are often the biggest offenders with the biggest carbon/consumption foot prints going. That, and then they try to make me feel guilty because I like incandescent bulbs and a decent sized car. pfft...
My retirement place is about to become my address of residence a few years early; I'm selling the triplex asap. Once I'm at the retreat more I'll be doing a lot of the stuff you already have in place. Plus I'll be renting something small near work to avoid the 1 1/2hr each way drive.
Good on you for being so prepared.
Back to the slide show... when Astronaut Lisa Nowak pulled her little stunt I remember thinking that this was proof that a degree and a high level job does not equal smarts in general...
And about convicted kidnapper/murderer of more than 30 women, John Crutchley. I worked with an engineer who we found out later had been incarcerated for a time. I'm unsure as to the actual crimes committed but it didn't sound good... and he was a loon.
Among his other weirdnesses he would get freaked out on days that contrails were visible. He said that the government was using them to mark his location... putting 'X's in the sky above him. There was a lot more holy cow stuff that he talked about and he was let go after a couple months.
The guys use to say he was going to come back armed someday and get even with the non-believers among us, with me being a standout on that list...
Re your statement "and believe strongly in AGW... look in the mirror." I couldn't agree more. We use about 60% of the water that the governement is telling us we can (water uses power) and have reduced our gas usage by keeping the thermostat low and designed our house to be as energy efficient as poossible. We have fluorescent or LED lighting every where although I think when cradle to grave is considered toilets and other rooms where lighting is very intermittant I think incandescents have a smaller carbon footprint because they don't need as much energy to make them and they last longer in intermittant use than compact fluorescents we have some that have been running for 12 years where as the CFL's only last about a year. I run my business from home so I tend to go as long as a month on a tank of gas and we have air conditioning but it is typically only used on about 15 days a year when it gets really hot. The other days we close up the house and then in the evening when it cools down we blow the heat tof the day out with a fan. We also have solar. I'm sure we could do better and I'm looking into other things. We don't have the carbon footprint of a straw hut but it is lower than almost anyone I know. I hear what you're saying about the last ice age, but CO2 does heat the place and CO2 has been going up AND 95% of the CO2 is man liberated (as opposed to made) so short of some consistent evidence to the contrary I'm going to err on the side of caution. I may end up being proven a fool but if the AGW case holds up I will sleep better knowing that I contributed as little as possible even if it's a lonely crusade and a drop on a hot stone.
There are usually two types of hackers white hat and black hat . Hackers that are hired by any organisation to work for them and hack their own system in order to help them those are white hat however hackers working from outside to hack a system or software to harm someone or to do something evil those are called black hat hackers . Usually people get confused with the termonology of hackers and engineers and hackers called themselves as engineers however hackers are very creative people who stretches there limits to do something new . on the contrary engineers are also very creative creatures but they remain within given budget and try to do things are possibly possible .
Charles, This is really very good and interesting topic which you have posted . I always wander why engineers commit soo many crimes, agreed that they are inovative they are creative they have lot of computer , netweorking and internet knowledge. But then also why only engineers ?? I can understand that hey hack or they become backers, they do bank robbery or any sort of major robbery is also understandable this is not correct but it can relate to engineers but slaughtering some one , killing , kidnapping this is just too wierd . I wander is the physcy of engineers is different or wht exactly is the issue .
Not knowing the specifics of the earthquake case I'm inclined to agree that it seems unreasonable to pin blame. If the 'guilty' had some how put a seal of approval on an area as being at very low or no risk, and then buildings were built or not upgraded in earthquake survivability based on their expert input... then... perhaps.
So far as the tornado/weather blame game. If you fly, heat and air-condition to comfort (as opposed to survival levels), or drive a lot... and believe strongly in AGW... look in the mirror.
Always remember when the graphs and chart come out, and especially when the 100 year old photos of glaciers are compared to today's pics... 18,000 years ago NYC was under ice 365 d/y. The ice age ending had nada to do with man's activity.
The ice has been retreating at an average rate of 10 miles per century for those 18,000 years. Slight variations come and go, but over the long run melting has been the rule.
It'd be far more convincing to me if the main voices crying about the impending doom acted as if they believed it. My favorite act of hypocrisy from the AGW gods was...
Very very interesting post Charles. I think the engineering profession (as well as others) has one fatal flaw—it has to take it's practitioners from the human race. I will admit I was definitely surprised at the number of cases where theft of intellectual property was the crime. I suppose I should not have been that surprised though. I wonder how many of the property crimes were committed by individuals on H1B visas, if any.
Statistically, you are wrong. As you can learn from a brief visit to the local penitentiary, there is an almost linear correlation between education and morals (yes, thats education, not religious belief - sorry, all). Since engineers, by definition, have enjoyed a good education, it follows that the numberof immoral actors among them will be small, compared to the population in general.
For some reason, this theory doesn't hold true for lawyers.
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