Chrysler’s “Most Beautiful Engineer”: Lucille J. Pieti in the Pillory of Fame
This article provides an illustration of the generalizations and thoughts that individuals such as Rossiter had about women becoming scientists and engineers between 1940s and 1950s. One of the women in focus in the article is Lucille Pieti, who at some point was described as Chrysler’s “most beautiful engineer.” Pieti’s development from college to work as well as her achievements forms an integral part of the article’s arguments about women’s abilities in science and engineering sectors. She was an engineer and technical writer for Chrysler from 1953 to 1955 and her case is of significance in various ways. She illustrates the unsupportive employment environment faced by women in the post-World War II era. The article attributes Pieti’s achievements and rise to fame to her ability to communicate effectively. Other than focusing on the generalizations about women, the article criticizes the social and institutional forces that jeopardized women’s career dreams and professional lives. For instance, the article criticizes the fact that Pieti’s career track was steered away from pure engineering toward technical communication. More criticism is directed to harassment and embarrassment, to which women such as Pieti were subjected to, derailing their career tracks in the long run. The article postulates that Pieti spent a significant part of her career life working for Chrysler, where she worked as an engineer. Her interest in the latter was influenced by her family environment and early education. Pieti played a significant role in promoting Chrysler’s image, and this is highlighted by her appearance in its magazine as “Chrysler’s Most Beautiful Engineer.” Moreover, Pieti served as Chrysler’s spokesperson for their new car named “Dodge La Femme” that was designed for women in early 1955. The article also attributes the end of women’s careers to factors such as marriage by highlighting how Pieti’s marriage and pregnancy brought her career to an end.
Proposal Writing At Atherton Jordan, Inc: An Ethnographic Study
This article provides analysis of the proposal-writing environment and practices of engineers at Atherton Jordan, Inc. (AJI), which is an engineering firm that specializes in government defense work. One of the key arguments in the article is the importance of proposal writing to engineering firms, with emphasis on how the firms have counteracted competition with improved proposal writing. The study also underscores the influence or impact of organizational culture on proposal writing. The article’s conclusion on the importance of proposal writing is based on information obtained from seven engineers at AJI. One of the study’s findings is that AJI’s profitability can be attributed to its successful proposals, which have also helped overcome stiff competition in the industry. The pressure that accompanies proposal-writing cannot be ignored as it discourages several engineers and other professionals from embracing it. The article articulates that one of the essential traits of effective proposal writing is the description of how systems work. This means that engineers must include a description of how their systems operate to have successful proposals. Moreover, the study takes note of persuasive proposal writing strategies that include the provision of proposal plans, inclusion of a detailed analysis of completion and other technical strengths, and listing of key proposal themes. It should be noted that with successful proposal-writing, organizations such as AJI become competitive, organized, and substantive in their operations. However, extreme pressures, time consumption, and other complexities such as the failure to keep in mind the broader audience of the government evaluation team, which accompany proposal-writing, are a great disadvantage. The implication of proposal-writing is that it enhances the influence of organizations on the attitudes of their employees towards writing and their writing practices.