Category Archives: Design

Trade Study Trees Analysis


I’m currently taking an MIT course in Architecture of Complex Systems. During the course, we consider trade studies at an individual alternatives basis as well as an overall system planning basis using Trade Trees. Take a look at this we-explained … Continue reading

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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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I’ve discovered Arthur C. Clarke


As you know, I have been writing contemporary fiction, Engineering Stories that are based on recent experiences in my career, but because I love to ‘do’ engineering, I love to solve technical problems, very challenging technical situations, I have been … Continue reading

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Engineering Project – Re-inventing the 35mm Color Slide Digitizer


I can’t help myself. When I get it in my head to create a solution or solve a problem, it doesn’t matter that it has already been done before. I love finding a quick, in-expensive solution to a need. In … Continue reading

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Engineering project – Under pressure to get the air out


I mentored this team to design a repeatable method to keep air out of an under ground pressure transducer. We used math, science, statistics and other engineering tools to satisfy our customer. Great job team.

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Sketching


I whole-heartedly agree with the following brief article on sketching for engineers. Please take a few minutes and read what this engineer has to say. Sketching improves the ideas, brings forth solutions, and drives the work forward. http://mechanical-engineering.in/forum/blog/209/entry-774-the-importance-of-sketching/

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Spreading Spectrum Modulation and Peanut Butter – Part 2


(Continued from Part 1) “I can’t open my jar of peanut butter,” he exclaimed from the corner of his mouth with an overturned jar in his lap. “You’re a mechanical engineer; let’s design a mechanism for my wheel chair that … Continue reading

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The 30 minute orthotic – revisited


Yesterday I met my new Capstone team. They are bright, they are smart, and they are anxious to have this great experience. As we began examining the assigned project, I found myself reflecting back on a prior Capstone project. This was … Continue reading

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Engineering the Bottle Cap Opener


At BYU, the engineering Capstone senior project year is now underway. There are 179 students. The first two weeks included lecture on the fundamentals of product development by Professors Carl Sorensen and Brian Jensen regarding Opportunity Development, Architecture Development, Subsystem … Continue reading

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Desirability and Transferability


I have some great ideas, they’re spinning in my head They come to me at dawn, while sleeping in my bed The one I got on Tuesday? a must for every home The one I got on Wednesday? an app … Continue reading

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