Category Archives: Engineering Education

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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Aerial Recovery


In association with the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), BYU “Aerial Recovery project studies the retrieval strategies for Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs)¬†which are unable to return home by themselves.” For more information see, http://magicc.byu.edu/content/aerial-recovery-0 (Image displayed at BYU, Clyde … 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 Part 1


Kendall Parker retreated from the podium, conceding the remainder of the speech to his colleague at the 2027 International Space Environments Conference. He sat down, silent, probing each face in the audience, desperate to know their reaction, anxious for Katya … Continue reading

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I don’t need to write– I’m an engineer!


I have worked with engineers for 30 years. I have worked with students for 12 years. Many engineers and students hesitate or back away from writing challenges, opportunities or assignments. There are a few who like to write, and a … Continue reading

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The Orbital Mechanic – NGSS Aligned Version for Grades 6-8


For teachers of K6-8. Science and Engineering Practices in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In The Orbital Mechanic, a solar flare knocks a space probe off course endangering a costly mission. A simple solution comes just in time from … Continue reading

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Engineering is about serving People


“Engineers solve problems in complex real-world situations; they design new systems and strategies to adapt to changing times; they make structures and products more user-friendly, responding to the real needs of communities and people. At its heart, engineering is about … Continue reading

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Engineering is more than Math and Science


I am reading a new book on Engineering Education called, A Whole New Engineer. My years of professional experience give me cause to agree with many of their conclusions and propositions. I will post occasionally from this book. Speaking of … Continue reading

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7 Missing Basics of Engineering


In my 12th year of coaching college engineering students, I concur with David Goldberg in his assertion that engineering students are missing eight skills critical to being a complete, effective, and whole engineer. View his talk at TEDxUIUC, “7 Missing … Continue reading

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Engineering Stories Interview in Major Online Magazine


http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/oct/engineering-stories.cfm I was honored to be interviewed by Engineering and Technology Magazine recently regarding my Engineering Stories. Their vision is, “Working to engineer a better world,” and ¬†their Mission is, “To inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting … Continue reading

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