Current engineering students are very, very fortunate. They are beneficiaries of the growing momentum of change in engineering education. This growing momentum focuses not only on engineering curricula but also on preparing engineers for the context in which they will practice engineering. This preparation includes emphasis on the complementary skill sets they will need to… [Continue Reading]
Can old dogs retrofit, retool and recalibrate for global economics?
Survival of the Fittest within The Workplace Revisited
We are in the midst of economic recalibration. No surprises there. For engineers who remain employed by the same companies they worked for in 2009, congratulations. For those engineers displaced in 2009, many of you have started your own consulting practices or are seeking in a new position. And while I wish you all best… [Continue Reading]
What kind of engineer are you?
How would you describe yourself, and what you bring to the table, to: 1.)a prospective employer, 2.)a prospective customer, 3.)a colleague at a professional association, 4.)someone outside the engineering field, and/or 5.)an academician? We know all engineers are not the same. Everyone brings a little something different to the table. So even in companies full… [Continue Reading]
What they DIDN’T teach you in engineering school.
I invited Masha V. Petrova to guest blog today. This year I am going to be exploring gaps in engineering education and their impact on the engineering-sales/business development interface. I couldn’t think of anyone more insightful than Masha to kick things off, so I interviewed Masha! Her responses to my questions follow. Masha V. Petrova holds a Ph.D. in aerospace… [Continue Reading]
Feeling Ambiguous? Schedule A Walkabout For Yourself This Year.
Wikipedia defines the term “walkabout” as “a rite of passage where male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months. In this practice, they would trace the paths, or ‘songlines’, that their peoples’ ceremonials ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their… [Continue Reading]
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