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Ralph Hueston Kratz wrote:

"I wonder how the medical profession handles this situation.  Surely
they don't keep major failings secret for fear of lawsuits, do they?" 


As President Herbert Hoover, an engineer, once explained ... they bury
their mistakes.

Here is an excerpt from his famous speech:

"Ours is a great profession.  There is the fascination of watching a
figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan
on paper.  Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy.
Then it brings jobs and homes to men.  Then it elevates the standards of
living and adds to the comforts of life.  That is the engineer's high

"The great liability of the engineer compared to other professions is
that his works are out in the open where all can see them.  His acts,
step by step, are in hard substance.  He cannot bury his mistakes in the
grave like doctors.  He cannot argue them into thin air or blame the
judge like the lawyers.  He cannot, like the architects, cover his
failures with trees and vines.  He cannot, like the politicians, screen
his shortcoming by blaming his opponents and hoping that the people will

"On the other hand, unlike the doctor, his is not a life among the weak.
Unlike the soldier, destruction is not his purpose.  Unlike the lawyer,
quarrels are not his daily bread.  To the engineer falls the job of
clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort and hope.  No
doubt, as years go by, people forget which engineer did it, even if they
ever knew.  But the engineer himself looks back at the unending stream
of goodness which flows from his successes with satisfactions that few
professionals may know."

We should always keep these words of wisdom in mind, especially when
prospective clients treat us as commodities and, like office supplies,
try to procure our services on the basis of price.  This, after all, is
National Engineers Week.  Take pride in your profession!


Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas



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