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September 05, 2012


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Patent Infringement

Henry Petroski (February 6, 1942) is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis. A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, he is also a prolific author. Petroski has written over a dozen books – beginning with To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design (1985) and including a number of titles detailing the industrial design history of common, everyday objects, such as pencils, paper clips, and silverware. He is a frequent lecturer and a columnist for the magazines American Scientist and Prism. His most recently published book is To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure.

Heidi R. Anderson

I had the pleasure of having Prof. Petroski teach one of my first year engineering classes at Duke. His knack for considering other perspectives in his work was what led me to leave the engineering school for the liberal arts and, eventually, law school. I still remember our (midterm?) assignment to design a better paper clip and justify it in a paper. Happy to see him recognized on this blog!

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