- Author : Dian Olson Belanger
- Publsiher : Purdue University Press
- Release : 24 June 1998
- ISBN : 1557531110
- Page : 375 pages
- Rating : 4/5 from 21 voters
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Book Excerpt : This study traces engineers' struggle to win intellectual, financial, and organizational recognition within the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency formed in 1950 to support basic scientific research. The tools and arguments of this struggle altered over time, but engineers continued to assert the value of their contribution, usually measured in comparative budgetary terms, and philosophical debates, as they were played out through organizational manipulation. By the 1980s, NSF leaders agreed that engineering and science should enjoy an equal and mutually beneficial relationship within the NSF.