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RISK IS VITAL TO PROGRESS, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS ARE TOLD

 RISK IS VITAL TO PROGRESS,
 PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS ARE TOLD
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking acceptable risks has produced immense improvement in our society, but we are in danger of slowing that improvement, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers was told today at the opening session of its annual meeting in Rochester.
 Roger W. Kober, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. (NYSE: RGS) was today's keynote speaker. He said American society is increasingly reluctant to take the acceptable risks that produce progress.
 "If we expect to regain our competitive position in the world, we need to recapture that risk-taking spirit," Kober said.
 Kober urged the engineers to lead an effort to help the public better understand the benefits of taking acceptable risks. "We technical people are in the best possible position to do this," he said. "Our daily work is to make risk small and benefit great. We make these measurements every day."
 But Kober cautioned the group that its efforts will be successful only if engineering professionals listen to the concerns of non- technical people. "Frame your arguments in terms of their concerns, not your concerns...The public will not think about being supportive or even neutral until we talk about our plans in terms of community concerns," Kober said.
 He reminded the group that taking acceptable risks has conquered once-crippling diseases, made formerly out-of-reach goods and services available to almost everyone, and improved the quality of life for virtually all citizens.
 "It bothers me that for several years now we haven't been taking acceptable risks the way we used to. Just the opposite -- we've been trying to create a society free from risk. A few years ago, the Conference Board did a survey of CEOs. The survey showed that fear of being held responsible for some accident involving the companies' products had compelled about half of the CEOs to discontinue product lines, and almost 40 percent to withhold new products," Kober said.
 The state Society annual meeting is being hosted by the Monroe Professional Engineers Society. It concludes Sunday. The state Society named James A. Shurtleff, PE, of Endwell, N.Y., as its Engineer of the Year, and Sandra K. Wolterman, PE, of Billings, N.Y., as Young Engineer of the Year. Shurtleff and Wolterman both work at IBM in Endicott. John R. Hoff, PE, of Rochester received the society's Meritorious Service Award.
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