Presentations, Publications, and Progress
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The goal of most engineering and science endeavors should be to increase personal understanding, expand universal knowledge, and produce progress for the corporation or government agency that supported the endeavor. Unfortunately, in many cases, this goal has evolved toward increasing name recognition, expanding personal influence and wealth, and producing items that the funding agency can count. Either of these approaches may be achieved through technical presentations and publications but progress, especially corporate progress, also requires placing a high priority on the actual needs of the supporting agency, the corporation. The observations in this editorial come from over 50 years of work in the materials/failure analysis fields and through discussions with numerous retired or retiring engineers and scientists.