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

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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Too binary in your engineering thinking?


Get with someone who thinks differently that you. Try this short story to solve a binary problem. Answer the questions at the end. https://engineerstories.com/2014/08/26/one-one-half-four/

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STEM Talk – Engineering is Cool


Watch Ken Hardman, an aerospace engineer and author talk to a group of youth about the engineering of airplanes, rockets, and space vehicles. Learn about mechanical, electrical, civil, chemical, industrial, and computer engineering. Watch, listen, and learn about Science, Technology, … Continue reading

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Valkyrie Painting (finally)


A lot of things have been limiting my art production. First, we had a baby. We didn’t really bother with anything but learning to be parents right after Halvor was born. Then Bethany went bac… Source: Valkyrie Painting (finally)

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“Units” can make all the difference in the… Mars


Inches vs Meters Engineers and yet to be engineers, see how using the wrong ‘units’ can make all the difference in whether a space probe hit’s the mark, crashes into a planet, or heads off back into space. “The Mars … Continue reading

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Engineering Family History Stories


Dear Engineering Stories friends, Thank you so very much for your interest in these Engineering Stories. I have enjoyed writing them both because I enjoy engineering, and I enjoy writing in general. In fact, at my regular job, I see … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Conclusion


(Continued from Part 10) “I, I’ll try, but Kendall.” Katya said. Kendall could hear the fear in her voice. “Dmitry,” Kendall said. “Do the best you can from the Quad, son.” He and A4 had a terrifying view of the … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 10


(Continued from Part 9) “Then what difference does it make. We’re out of time.” Houston reported progress live. “Calculating tether launch vectors and timing for M-478 and M-480 to connect to M-479. “Vectors determined and locked in. Executing now.” Radio … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 9


(Continued from Part 8) “That’s not gonna’ happen,” Kendall insisted. “I haven’t had an asymmetrical collapse in all my years of para-gliding, and I’m sure not going to have one now.” “Kendall?” Kendall heard a sniffle. “Yes, Katya.” “I can … Continue reading

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