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STATEMENT BY THE ENGINEERING PROJECT ORGANIZATION SOCIETY ON THE US TRAVEL BAN

The Engineering Project Organization Society seeks to advance knowledge and practice of the organization and governance of major projects of all kinds, particularly significant infrastructure projects. The progress of science in all fields requires the free and unimpeded exchange of information among scholars worldwide. As part of our scholarly activities we organize an annual conference in various parts of the world. Our conference this year will be in the US in June.

The ill-considered, broad scope ban on travel from seven majority Muslim nations, with its exclusion for Christians, that was issued by an executive order of the new US Administration has already been challenged on legal grounds as being in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The courts will determine the outcome of the legal challenges. However, as scientists, we want to go on record as deploring the chilling and stifling impact on scientific interchange that the ill-considered, broad scope ban of this executive order, and its chaotic execution, has already had on multiple scholars who were planning to attend our conference and many others in the US this year.

We and our colleagues in the Engineering Project Organization Society sincerely hope that the courts will find the travel ban unconstitutional and set it aside very soon, so that our conference and others can continue unimpeded. More importantly, we hope that the US will not close its doors to desperate refugees, whatever their professed religion, from these countries. Like all US citizens, we want all immigrants to be vetted to protect us from those who would do harm to our lives and institutions. But a blanket ban even on those who have been thoroughly vetted is a violation of everything that the US has stood for since its founding.

Respectfully,
Raymond Levitt, Stanford University, USA Chairman
Paul Chinowsky, University of Colorado, USA President
Amy Javernick-Will, University of Colorado, USA
John E. Taylor, Georgia Tech, USA
Robert M. Leicht, Penn State, USA
Don Lessard, MIT, USA
Vit Henisz, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Andreas Hartmann, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Andrew Edkins, University College London, UK
Paul Chan, Manchester University, UK
Ashwin Mahalingam, IIT Madras, India
Michael Puddicombe, Norwich University, USA
Cristina Poleacovschi, University of Colorado, USA
Carrie Sturts Dossick, University of Washington, USA

Congratulations to the EPOC 2016 Award Winners


For More Information
Paul Chinowsky
University of Colorado
E-mail: paul.chinowsky@colorado.edu

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