Several months prior to publication of the book, various of individuals agreed to receive and review an advanced reader copy (ARC). Reviewers offered the following comments, shared with their permission:
We cannot fail to act or our “profession” will not attain/maintain status as a profession. —Brad Aldrich, PE, F.ASCE, F.NSPE, NSPE Past President, Senior Associate, Aldrich + Elliot.
A truly outstanding book that has the potential to contribute significantly to making engineering a true profession…should be required reading for all engineering students. —Monte L. Phillips, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE, F.NSPE, Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota, ABET Past President, NAFE Past President, NSPE Past President.
I did not anticipate that I would enjoy reading the book -- as opposed to reviewing the book -- as much as I have.—Thomas A. Lenox, PhD, Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE, Executive Vice-President Emeritus, ASCE.
In this “must read” for anyone who cares about engineering, Walesh not only celebrates engineering’s accomplishments, but he also sets out an honest, no-holds barred account of how engineers have often been their own worst enemies, thwarting this venerable profession from taking its rightful place as the greatest of the professions. —Paul Spinden, Professor of Law, School of Law, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.
A spectacular book explaining and advocating for advancement of the engineering profession. —Kassim M. Tarhini, PhD, PE, Professor of Civil Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Case studies are extremely well written and illustrated and will be of real interest to the general public.—Jonathan Jones, PE, PH, D.WRE, Chief Executive Officer, Wright Water Engineers.
I believe this book will be historically important parallel to several reports published in the early 20th century.—Takeya Kawamura, PE, PMP, Senior Research Engineer, Engineering Advancement Association of Japan, Japan Society of Professional Engineers Past President.
This book challenges the sometimes-entrenched culture of U.S. engineering by rewriting the narrative surrounding the role of engineering in serving and protecting the public. It makes a convincing case that we need licensure and process to accomplish that objective and puts forward concrete suggestions for keeping public protection paramount. —Jeffrey S. Russell, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE, Vice-Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean, Division of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin- Madison.