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- From: fmcclure(--nospam--at)ccnet.com
- Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 23:13:18 -0800
- Cc: ROH(--nospam--at)eqe.com
Tom Harris, You are on the "right track." Your experience in obtain your structural license is a wonderful example to everyone whoever obtained their structural license and you should be proud of your accomplishments. Many of my colleagues return from World War II, established families, and studied almost has hard as you did for their structural license after receiving their civil license, working for very low salaries. When we took the structural license when less than a dozen passed the examination each year in the whole state of California. I received my structural license in 1956 - forty years again - and have always been very proud of having this structural license. In the 1950's and 1960's, engineers that I admired like Henry Degenkolb, John Rinne, Henry Dewell, Gus Saph, Carl Johnson, Roy Johnston, and others told the younger engineers, including myself, that it was important to defend and protect the structural license against attacks if it meant we would have to get in our cars and drive to Sacramento and appear before Legislative Committees. In the old days, 1950's and 1960's, I felt that the BORPELS was more effective in protecting the public, and policing the civil and structural engineering professions. I am sincerely sorry that I donot have a solution about non structural engineers being allowed to advertise or use the title structural engineer. Maybe we should be more active in the Structural Engineers Association of California local sections and make our concerns known there. Reading of the California Seismic Safety Commission's Report on the response to the Governor's Executive Order, "Turning Loss to Gain" gives some insight to what has happened to the design and construction of buildings in California in recent years. There is something very wrong with the building design and construction delivery system of buildings in California, not to mention the other parts of the United States. Do not despair, we need young engineers like yourself to continue to "hold the torch high" and point the way. Unfortunately, the Internet does not reach enough structural engineers to be truly effective. We should work within the local sections of the Structural Engineers Association of California which have the resources in numbers and money to make things happen, including change. These sections have some very devoted members, including their Boards of Directors and Officers. Thank you for your very important message. Frank McClure fmcclure(--nospam--at)ccnet.com SE649 (1956)
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