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Infographic: The STEM Challenge

By Brian Fuller We asked a lot of questions on our drive around the U.S. about how we’re enabling the next generation of innovation, the new engineering classes. We found many STEM challenges but a lot of inspiration, from Don Morgan — a one-man Army of inspiration in the Georgia public school system — to engineer Christina Richards in Texas


Celebrating engineers (and maybe changing the world)

SAN JOSE, Calif.–When Michael Worry brought his new-born daughter home, the first place he took her, even before he entered the house was his workshop. He put her hand on a drill and said the word “drill” to her. “Society gets what it celebrates,” says the CEO of Nuvation, based here. “If we’re just as excited and passionate about building things

Al Steier and John Scott-Thomas presenting at Design West

Volt Teardown: Video excerpts from Design West

In the first of a three-part series of video excerpts from Design West, Munro & Associates' Al Steier and TechInsights' John Scott-Thomas analyze the Chevy Volt's battery pack. Here is their presentation, edited to 15:05:

CEA CEO Steve Yauch with the Volt

Evolution from engineer to entrepreneur

SMITHFIELD, N.C.– Steve Yauch is living the dream. At least if you go by any number of EE Times' engineer-surveys over the past couple of decades. In those surveys, generally 80-90 percent of respondents aspire to start their own company during their careers. Now, generally about 5 percent actually do, but the dream is there. More design resources And that's

Edison's Desk, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Mich.

Are the best innovators procrastinators?

I live on deadlines in the publishing business. In fact, it's those hours just before a deadline where I often do my best work (or so I think)–heart thumping, breathing shallow and fast. But many will argue that's ridiculous, that rushing toward deadline introduces error and sloppiness. Whitney Johnson, a founding partner of Rose Park Advisors, Clayton M. Christensen's investment


What makes a good engineer-part 2

(Odometer: 5,810 miles) HARRISBURG, Pa.–Nearly 550 miles from here, we posed this question to Allan Dale of Lectronix. Sitting in TE Connectivity’s innovation room here, we put the same question to engineering director Steve Jackson and Galen Martin, product development engineer: What qualities make a good engineer? Martin had a similar response to Dale, and Jackson took it a step

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An engineer’s day off

CLEVELAND, Ohio–Earlier this summer, I mused on EE Life what the engineer’s ideal vacation would be. Is it a complete unplugging? Or is it a visit to the Smithsonian or a technology museum somewhere? Or a few days volunteering with an EV team somewhere? This question took on greater clarity on our cross-country drive, where our relentless hunt for innovation


What makes a good engineer?

LANSING, Mich.–We first heard from Allan Dale, CEO of Lectronix, as he described how the world around us has changed and is influencing innovation. We called it Quotations from the Book of Allan. Here’s another excerpt on a simple but controversial topic: What makes a good engineer? And, more importantly, what makes a good engineer today? Dale is opinionated in


Life at Kettering

Drive for Innovation talks about Kettering student’s ‘engineering bug’ 8/17/11 Read more…  

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