the idea of PDH's are extremely helpful not only to your LIFE as in your selected AREAS that you wishes to develop in the CE Profession. It is really important, so that you can open your mind over different possibilities while improving Engineering Profession Activity - which is always changing from time to time. It also a good material to reinforce your specialty field of study.
Albert Einstein once said: "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." So Einstein was a massive advocate of self-learning. He learned from smart minds on his own and engineered his own learning and working life. He learned a lot from solving and proving theories on his own.
This is the basic ideaof PDH is within the introduction of the CEBOK - Civil Engineer Body of Knowledge that they are developing here in ASCE, as well in the ASCE Policy-465 for the next decade, so training better Engineers for the half period of the 21st Century.
In my personal studies I had accumulated maybe more than 300PDH's from an diverse providers since it starts! (I might say that in STRUCTURAL field you would have some good ASCE/SEI webinars (asce.org), NSCEA, SG&H, ACI (concrete.org) / AASHTO Infrastructure webinars, PCI (pci.org) , Simpson Strong & Tie (Wood), STI.org (Steel). Remember that in US , those are good sources. Additionally you can have some extra curriculum in edX.org like the professor Bridges course of STRUCTURAL ENGENEERING ART and other programs that also include a several numbers of PDH's. - but in other cases there also MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course like in Australia National University for Astrophysics scenarios. Conventions are recognized as a Combo fix for PDH as well :)
Think by yourself, it is always good to participate in those experiences because might have something interesting for you.
You might be surprised! :) thanks!
Yeah, I like when Einstein Quotes are made. I wonder whether Einstein had to report PDH to keep his professorship.
Interestingly when one rearranges PDH somewhat, it becomes PHD – the highest degree a university offers. But, according to NYT and other leading newspapers, PhD holders are the least beneficiaries of all the higher degree holders. Perhaps, one can dare to suggest – by the dint of Correspondence Theory – so does, may or would happen to PDH earners.
No. No, I am not suggesting that PDH or PHD is not required. On the contrary, they are needed – only we don't know how to utilize them. The system only figured out how to give degrees and courses (or may be they do, only as one of the items in the checklist of qualifications!).
The businesses of seminars/conferences, of certifications . . . etc etc have learned how to facilitate learning (but in this age of internet, one can even learn more through cyberspace). But, perhaps these businesses would say – they know what must be learned – it must be their way (dictatorial tone! wouldn't you say). Thus the freedom of learning Einstein was suggesting – goes down the drain.
I wonder, whether Bill Hayden's Human Engineering is included in the PDH envelope. Does it Bill?
Dr. Dilip K Barua, PhD
Thanks Doctor Dilip.
You have multiple viewpoints on the issue - every point you touched has is significant!
I think professional activities can be complemented by PDH learning style - it can help engineers to amplify their knowledge. it might display some control over a small part of their professional careers when operating in a licensure level. But it can also be done by the individual itself in a distinct way of thinking as well, experience will reveal that, if your work enable innovation, always created by the engineer, so a good work will emerge, appearing by a progress in his or her evolutionary work.
As being a Structural Engineer, you always have to create something new, there is no joy on just replicate works! (in my view)
Maybe we should teach more philosophy in Engineering School as well, this can help enable engineers to perform better in profession.
In Academia, I see you have a lot of experience in your sentences, so in a way we have the opportunity to be free as well! since our minds are great source of innovation.
there is no Art and Science where freedom is lacking or restrained! right?