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So whom might be that befactor of such a noble steed, whommmmmmm a
professor....and what if your spouse may choose a PhD. Or two such decisions
where do I turn........I r en ga neer and dreamer what a life.

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From: DT [mailto:d.topete73(--nospam--at)gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2011 11:47 PM
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: Re: OT: Research Suggestions (and Solicitations?)

Building a better concentration camp? Seriously? Did the iPad auto correct
fix that as you typed? C'mon Bill... <smh>

David
Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 3, 2011, at 8:01 PM, Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc> wrote:

> Greetings, fellow dinosaurs still conversing via good old email instead of
web, Facebook or Twitter (or what may lie beyond them). 
> 
> An update to my status. I have decided to pursue not just the one, but TWO
Ph.D.s in my impending dotage. The History thing is still on, but I simply
couldn't resist looking in on the Civil and Environmental Engineering
program at the University of Houston. Their shiny newish facility is next
door to the decrepit tomb of the College of Liberal Arts and Social
Sciences, and a tour brought me face to face with some enthusiastic faculty
members who urged me into their company. One of them - with one foot in
Emeritus, I think - has written extensively already on the history of
engineering from the Eighteenth Century (he seems to have been physically
present for much of it), and was very encouraging. 
> 
> So, I hope to hear from them within the fortnight concerning acceptance -
and meanwhile have already registered for a survey course on the French
Revolution, so...
> 
> Anyway, I'm not sure I can "self-fund" such an ambitious program, but
while hunting for grant dollars in History might be adventurous I'm guessing
the money might be readily forthcoming in structural engineering research. 
> 
> My problem remains as ever, that I simply can't limit myself to a very
narrow line of inquiry based on personal interest because there's really
nothing I'm NOT interested in within structural engineering. Perhaps I will
need to have some benefactor decide the issue FOR me, by waving research
grant money in my face. 
> 
> So...what's hot, folks? What in your opinion are the pressing areas of
inquiry in our field? I will consider anything that doesn't involve
sacrifice of higher orders of mammals, or building a better concentration
camp, or what-have-you. 
> 
> Would love to know your thoughts. 
> 
> William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
> Sent from my iPad 2

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