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EDITORIAL: Hoover was 100% wrong

from GBA

Viewpoints expressed in GBA NewsLog editorials are those of the publication's editor-in-chief, not necessarily those of GBA. GBA encourages editorial response.

In his famous 1954 article in Engineer's Week, Herbert Hoover said it was okay for others to take credit for what engineers have done, because "the verdict of his fellow professionals is all the accolade he wants." NewsLog's editor doesn’t agree with that outlook, saying, "Really? Come up with something amazing, let everyone else take credit for it, and be blissfully satisfied with your own public anonymity and its contribution to the overall anonymity of engineers, environmental professionals, CoMET consultants, and other technical professionals who, together, comprise the custodians of planet Earth….In fact, what Hoover wrote is justification for exactly the kind of behavior that has turned the 500-pound engineering-professions gorilla into a 97-pound weakling. more

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