When Lockheed-Martin missiles were used to kill 40 children on a school bus, it left me wondering whether any of my former students - many of who get jobs at Lockheed-Martin - worked on the tech used to slaughter these Yemeni kills. On hearing about the Microsoft workers, I hope that some of these are former students, people influenced by former students, or role models for students I have now.
A good deal of engineers, even some on CommonDreams, advocate for engineering that promotes war, police repression, surveillance, and resource extraction/expropriation. Some make nuanced arguments related to ‘innovation’, individual freedom, practicalities of the ‘real world’, etc. On the other hand, there are growing numbers of engineers and scientists who are taking a stand for social justice, equity, sustainability, and peace. Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace (http://esjp.org/) and Science for the People (https://scienceforthepeople.org/) are two groups (sometimes maligned by Commondream engineers and folk in STEM fields).