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A simple bridge truss was the first structure I ever analyzed . The simplecombination of beams that could hold cars, trains, and trucks over long spansof water fascinated me . Having the tools to analyze the loads on the trussfurther increased my interest in structures . I encountered the bridge in atextbook for my first engineering class . Knowing that the professor, Mr . John Doe, was a tough teacher, I asked himfor the textbook so I could study and get ready for the class over the summer. Just arrived from Belize, I was determined to succeed . In class we learnedabout forces on simple members and then we put the members together toform a simple truss . At this point I had almost decided that structuralengineering was the career for me . From there the class just took off: Wewent on to frames, distributed loads, considered friction; basically we wereincorporating real world considerations into structural members . I loved thepractical, problem solving aspects of the field ....
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