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Can we be heroes?

Everyone needs heroes. Outstanding men and women provide inspiration and kindle enthusiasm. Civil engineering is no different to any other profession in its need for heroic figures, superstars whose achievements cast lustre on humbler practitioners. But where are they? Where are the high profile civil and structural engineers whose names are known outside our own small world, whose opinions are sought by the wider media, whose fame enhances the status of the profession in the public eye?

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