Kenneth Hardman is a contributing author in STEM Magazine
What people are saying about Ken Hardman and his book, “Engineering Stories.”
“A fabulous collection of realistic engineering adventure stories! Ken Hardman connects the design and development process we teach in engineering school to the exciting challenges faced every day in real engineering practice.” Steven D. Eppinger, Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, co-author Product Design and Development
“Ken Hardman’s stories about engineering are a joy to read. In them he captures the excitement of engineers developing solutions to realistic technical problems. By describing the engineering process through fictional characters in fictional settings, Hardman invites the reader to participate in the adventure of invention and discovery.” Henry Petroski, A.S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering, Duke University, and author of, among other books, To Engineer Is Human, To Forgive Design, and An Engineer’s Alphabet.
“Ken Hardman has done a masterful job—even spellbinding—in depicting what real Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects, and the people and circumstances involved in them, are actually like in the real world!
Having myself been involved for more than fifty years in the types of projects that Ken writes about—and the use of case studies in engineering education for more than forty years—I can say without equivocation that Ken’s case writing ability is superb!
Page after page challenges you to use your creative juices, and you feel as if you are right in the lab, conference room—or wherever—huddled around some hardware as part of a team effort working through the technical, as well as the people issues, to get the problem solved! Each engineering story has been carefully chosen to share important skills, topics and essential abilities of great engineers and scientists at work!
These stories will help you experience—just about as close to first hand as possible—the joys of creation and problem solving which result from learning and applying skills in a world where all of us have the opportunity to make things better.” Robert H. Todd, PhD, P.E., Fellow of The American Society of Engineering Education, Professor Emeritus Department of Mechanical Engineering Brigham Young University
“Engineering Stories has boiled down the relationship between an engineering education and real-world engineering situations to its core! I know of no better introduction for engineering students preparing to work in industry. Anybody seriously considering a career in engineering will benefit from and enjoy reading Engineering Stories!” Braden Hancock, Mechanical Engineering Student at Brigham Young University, ASME 2012 Kenneth Andrew Roe Scholarship recipient
About the Author – I know something about satellites, airplanes, rockets, machines, gadgets and widgets. I have a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and I am a Professional Engineer. As of this writing, I have worked for 26 years in the aerospace and industrial automation fields working in teams proposing, defining, creating, researching, evaluating, managing, testing, and supporting satellites, aircraft, test equipment, and custom automation. I have mentored and coached engineering students for many of those years. I love to solve design problems, create useful solutions and encourage others to do the same. I am a technical writer and love to persuade and communicate. I am also a Latter-day Saint, also known as Mormons and it is my faith in Jesus Christ that encourages me to share my experiences and serve others. It is my sincere hope that these stories will help readers learn about and embark in a career that will bring satisfaction and provide a living for their families. In addition to sharing Engineering Stories about my career, I would welcome your sincere questions about my faith.
Kenneth Richard Hardman (2015)