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Forwarded with the idea that someone might be interested in participating.  This is an opportunity to bridge the gap from "them" to "we".
-----Original Message-----
From: Independent Peer Review Committee [mailto:iprc(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 2:16 PM
To: Caldwell, Stan
Subject: NIST WTC report peer review

Dear Mr. Caldwell,


As you may be aware, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is about to release its final report of its investigation into the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.  In order to provide the highest standard of professional, academic, and scientific rigor, the NIST has called for a review period to ensure that its findings are sound and reliable.  After three years of investigation, the NIST report is, so far, the most complete, and, likely, the final official report to be issued on the cause of failure for all seven World Trade Center buildings, as well as surrounding structures.  Since the conclusions of the NIST WTC report will have lasting and far-reaching effects on the building industry, both in profession and in academia, it is clearly imperative that this report receive the most comprehensive peer review possible.


In response to the NIST call for review, and in view of the critical importance of ensuring the accuracy of its conclusions, the Independent Peer Review Committee (IPRC) has been formed as a collaborative forum and resource for leaders in the academic and professional communities to exchange ideas and share in producing a meaningful and comprehensive review of the NIST WTC report.  The IPRC is now reaching out to the most qualified experts and professionals in the fields of Fire Engineering and Structural Engineering to assist in the review process.


If you would like to share in this important peer review, or receive more information regarding the process, please respond to this email accordingly.  The NIST WTC report may be the most important document to the building industry of our time.  Please support this vital peer review process.


Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Eric Douglas

Chair, NIST WTC Report Independent Peer Review Committee