It is a common belief that engineers are introverts, arrogant and proud. Their primary characteristics are a love of detail and the ability to work independently. Engineers often are somewhat arrogant because they’re generally very smart.
From the engineer’s point of view, politics is a messy business. Unlike homework problems and lab assignments, our national problems are poorly defined, and the design goals are imprecisely specified. It’s rarely clear when you have even solved a social problem. In this domain, why would an engineer want to participate? 
Ultimately any political entity’s main purpose is problem solving. But politicians aren’t problem solvers. They’re paid to turn small problems into expensive big ones that take years to resolve. 
Engineers bring a quantitative sense to social problems–not just through routine calculations and cost accounting, but more generally, through an intuitive appreciation of what numbers really mean . Without patience for emotional or qualitative arguments, engineer-representatives would find the data, discuss the numbers, and soon invent a process to reach a solution. If the cabinet is full of engineers then there wouldn’t be a lot of jabber or off-topic filibustering. An engineer would state the problem and proposed solution concisely in about 5 minutes, using diagrams and maybe a Powerpoint presentation. And there would be a schedule, one that dominates all discussions. Occasionally they may run late, but by and large things would finish on time.You’d never see supplemental appropriations; a plan, with contingencies and worst-case analysis, would accompany the budget for the president’s signature. 
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1. Michael C. Loui, November 13, 1992
2. Jack Ganssle, May 31,2005