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Human connection
After looking through your cover stories for nearly a year now, I finally get it — structural engineering is not complete until you celebrate the human side of it. Hmm, then the thought crossed my mind: “But what if they run out of great engineers to profile?” After a half second I realized that you know your calling: to exhort your colleagues to either be the next great engineer, or help others to do the same. There’s something worthwhile in that.

Ed Tornberg, S.E.
Tornberg Consulting, LLC

Publisher’s response: Hey, thanks, Ed! You get it. And we won’t run out. There are many great structural engineers who are also interesting people. I would like to defy the stereotypes and show the world some pretty cool people!

Have a great weekend!

Master trade
Hi Mr. Weingardt,
I received your book a week ago and am integrating it into my daily reading schedule. The first chapter accurately states my personal sentiments after graduation in 1992 with a B.S.C.E. I clearly recall feeling woefully unprepared with that four-year technical degree. It resulted in me immediately applying for grad school to study for an M.S.C.E., in construction engineering and management. This took an extra two years and 60 credit hours (fortunately 20 of those credits were business and non-technical electives), but it has made a big difference in how I think about my structural design projects (especially the human interactions among the design team) and even how I approach most of life’s everyday challenges.

I look forward to the remainder of the book as well as your monthly article in Structural Engineer magazine. Thanks again for offering this book to those of us who asked for it!

Michael Turner, C.E.

Son gains perspective
I just read your article, “Henry Degenkolb, Earthquake Chaser” in the November 2012 edition of Structural Engineer. I thought it was a great article, doing a great job of describing the person, without being needlessly lengthy. Even for me, it put time perspectives on several “events” in his life.

One possible discrepancy: That I know of, his wife (my mother) never accompanied him on an earthquake chase, although she went with him on just about every other trip I remember him going on.

Paul Degenkolb
Director of information management
Degenkolb Engineers

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