Author Archives: Kenneth Richard Hardman

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips

The Orbital Mechanic in STEM Magazine


Dear Engineering Stories readers, I am pleased that one of my engineering stories, “The Orbital Mechanic” is published in STEM Magazine and will be available to a large STEM and educator audience. Check it out and please encourage your friends … Continue reading

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Call for New Draft Novelette Readers


Dear followers of Engineering Stories, Thank you for your support to my short stories. Now, help me take my next step in the world of engineering stories by volunteering to read the draft of my new novelette, Polaris Station. It’s … Continue reading

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Coaches, Cars, and Character


Originally posted on Engineering Stories:
Team after team, the endurance race pressed on. No car came anywhere close to beating us. Hopes were high. But when it was all over, the maroon and white competitors from Texas had the highest…

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Reading for Pleasure – by Henry Petroski


(an excerpt from ASEE Prism – Refractions) “Engineering and fiction seem polar opposites, but several recently published novels may encourage the reading and writing of more tales about engineers–and perhaps generate wider appreciation of their work. Even when based on … Continue reading

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Watching humans set foot on the moon fixed an engineer’s passion to go farther


Dear Engineering friends, please read this man’s journey and passion for engineering. A Boeing Technical Fellow – A world away “The more challenge I get, the better I get…” (Kauser Imtiaz, Boeing Innovation Quarterly)

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What is the Secret to Invent? Decompose the Functions!


“Well,” Aaron said, “I think this looks pretty great. Thanks Ray.   What made you think of all this anyway?” “Oh,” Ray looked over at Wesley who remained silent. “I was working on my motorcycle Saturday and I got to … Continue reading

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Coach Log – The call to Coach another Year


“Ken, this is Carl Sorensen.” A very familiar voice projected from my speaker phone. “How are you?” I hesitated as twelve years of memories flashed across my mind. I knew what Dr. Sorensen wanted. I expected his yearly August call, … Continue reading

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