The design Proccess
Insights From a
The one thing I wish they
had taught me in engineering school is...
- How to make money.
- How to apply what I
The hardest part of my
- Keeping up with the
changes in technology
- Getting trained on
something, then not working on it for a while, then finally
having to use the new technology and not remembering what I
What advice can you
give on choosing a major?
- Have a good feel for the
environment you'll be working in before you decide on a major.
For example, some people don't do well behind a desk.
- If you want to live in a
particular region, find out what kinds of jobs are available in
that region, before you choose a career path.
Here's why I became an
- My brother was in
- I took an aptitude test,
and found I was well suited for engineering
- I was in the right field
when the business was expanding
The most important
advice I can give a new engineer is
- You really want to find
something you enjoy doing. It doesn't matter what your degree is
in. The degree just gets you started.
What is Engineering?
|“in the military art,
an able and expert man.”
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1771.
[Ed: OK, so this is a
definition of an engineer, not engineering — Mrs. Paulsell, my 4th
grade teacher, would stuff me in the corner if she read this. But it
does make you think: I wonder how many engineers Napoleon had.]
|“…the profession in
which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by
study, experience and practice, is applied with judgment to develop
ways to utilize economically, the materials and forces of nature for
the benefit of mankind.”
Engineers Council for Professional
[Ed: I knew it! A definition
like that HAD to come from a committee.]
and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization
of natural resources to produce wealth.”
J Waddell, F. Skinner, H Wessman, 1933
[Ed: Closer, but I don't think
we always do it for the 'wealth'.]
|“…the art of doing
that well with one dollar which any bungler can be with two after a
A.M. Wellington, 1887
[Ed: I would like to have met
elegant solutions to problems.”
Marsh Faber, 1999
[Ed: This is my definition.]
|“…the art or science
of making practical.”
Sam Florman, 1976
[Ed: Hey, I'm not proud — this
one's better than mine. In engineering, simpler usually wins.]
"…a person of genius
The Universal Dictionary of the English
Language, Vol 2, Collier, 1899.
[Ed: Wow. I really need to
update my home library.]
|“…turn ideas into
[Ed: The best one yet.]