Okay, So I'm not sure if I am making a big deal out of nothing but I am concerned based off of what I have heard so I figured I'd ask for advice.
I recently left a R&D job at a small private company that specializes in endoscope/surgical tool reprocessing systems. I have stayed close with some of my co-workers one of which was put on a new project for the head of one of the other departments. We will call my coworker "B" and the head "M".
M is going for her pHD in Health Science. Part of this included doing extensive testing on endoscope reprocessing (think months of work: testing the scopes and research). M told B that she couldn't do the work (according to her her committee wouldn't allow her to) and B was assigned the task.
B spent time doing testing, troubleshooting issues (because M's solutions were not working and flawed) and writing up her data with some basic data analysis involved. Apparently this data was core in M's thesis. When M presented for the Committee it was over ZOOM so B was able to be present.
B received no credit anywhere in the acknowledgements and based off of comments from the committee B was under the impression that the committee thought M did the work. B is frustrated because that was months of her work and I am concerned that the committee is not aware that M didn't do the work or design the experiments.
So I have 3 questions:
- Should B have received credit/been put on the paper?
- Does it make sense for M to not have done the work herself?
- What if anything would be a logical next step?