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Engineering Case Histories—Case 99: Pooling knowledge and experience builds personal and team success

With the help of an excellent mentor, I became adept at analyzing equipment and structures at the start of my career, using analytical techniques.

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

With the help of an excellent mentor, I became adept at analyzing equipment and structures at the start of my career, using analytical techniques. There came a point where I thought that anyone in mechanical engineering who did not perform detailed calculations was not doing “real” engineering work. Of course, this was simply young, arrogant thinking. When I realized how absurd it was, I began to take a closer look at the work habits of those around me. I noticed that my colleagues had unique talents that I did not have. Without this realization, I would have been much less productive throughout my career. As I have said, “Some of my best works were achieved with the efforts of others.”1 A

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