Bridge shows materials engineering is criticall

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Re “Corners cut on quality, panel told” (Page A1, Jan. 25): If the cloud of controversy swirling around the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction has any consolation, it's that it has raised public awareness of all the behind-the-scenes work to ensure the quality of the structural materials that go into our critical public structures like bridges, pipelines, buildings and even the pavement we drive on every day. The engineering and testing of structural materials is an unsung but critical aspect of providing safety and dependability, whether it's in a highway bridge or a moon landing. While it's often taken for granted, the public should appreciate all the effort that goes into materials engineering.

-- Roger Smith, Loomis

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