In the verified list of architects and engineers, there are over 240 Professional Engineers, 160 Civil Engineers, 70 PhDs, 17 MIT graduates, 16 Harvard graduates, and 5 Yale graduates. For example, Jody Gibbs is a graduate of both Harvard and Yale, and was on the faculty of MIT. He says: “gravity works vertically, not laterally” referring to the 6 ton steel beam from World Trade Center 1 that somehow was thrown into the American Express building like a dart, indicative of the use of explosives.
Carnegie Mellon University, which specializes in engineering, has 15 graduates who have signed the petition. For example, David Griscom is a physicist who received his PhD from Brown,worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, and was chosen by NASA, from among hundreds of scientists, as a Team Leader analyze the Moon rocks from the Apollo missions.
He has published 193 studies in peer reviewed scientific journals and was a reviewer of the study on thermitic material found in the dust of the WTC. Dr. Griscom says: “I implore my fellow physicists and engineers who may have the time, expertise, and (ideally) supercomputer access to get to work on the physics of the World Trade Center collapses and publish their findings in refereed journals like, say, theJournal of Applied Physics.”
On the west coast of the USA, there are 27 graduates from the University of California at Berkeley who are Architects or Engineers, and 104 graduates in all. Berkeley has the greatest number on the Petition, scoringthe highest the nation in the “9/11 league” of universities. The founder of AE911Truth, Richard Gage, received his degree in Architecture from Berkeley. Nearby Stanford has 13, which is also near the headquarters for AE911Truth in San Francisco.
Dr. Robert Bowman was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force, flew over 100 combat missions, and earned his Ph.D. in Aeronauts and Nuclear Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (“CalTech“) near Los Angeles. He said: “Scholars and professionals with various kinds of expertise—including architects, engineers, firefighters, intelligence officers, lawyers, medical professionals, military officers, philosophers,religious leaders, physical scientists, and pilots—have spoken out about radical discrepancies between the official account of the 9/11 attacks and what they, as independent researchers, have learned.”
If we also consider the 17540 General (non-Architects and non-Engineers) signers, the counts for university graduates are even more. Harvard might have up to 58 signers, and Berkeley up to 106 graduates if we also consider the unverified General Petition List. However, verification of degrees by the Verification Team has only been done for the architects and engineers, so we should only make conclusions based on those. The Team systematically calls each potential signer, asks them to fax their documentation, and checks the authenticity of their credentials. This is to guard against pranksters, and preserve the respectability of the list.
Richard Gage was the first signer of the Petition on April 3, 2006, 4.5 years after 9/11. He offered his co-workers at an architectural firm a pizza lunch while he made a presentation about the World Trade Center collapses, and most became the first Petition signers. The number of signers has grown steadily over the years, and is likely to continue to grow in numbers.