Category Archives: Engineering Education

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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I Wish Ken would write about…


Dear Followers, My engineering career spans satellites, missiles, aircraft, machinery, telescopes, test equipment, engineering education, mentoring, technical writing, and proposals, using software, mathematical models, dynamic controls, project management, and even Monte Carlo simulation. I’ve included a little of many of … Continue reading

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Engineering Riddle – No. 5 (Fluid Mechanics) “Dimensionless”


I’m a fraction made of forces, comparing different strength I have no final units, only characteristic length I sample speed and weight and size, these are the things I measure My subject as it ebbs and flows, changes shape forever … Continue reading

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The Orbital Mechanic in STEM Magazine


I am pleased that one of my stories, “The Orbital Mechanic” was published in STEM Magazine and will be available to a large educator audience. The story is in two parts: May and June Issues Click to access 514513revised.pdf Click … Continue reading

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Teaching Middle School with a High Altitude Balloon


Here is a great story about educators and students learning math and science using a real application. Enjoy. http://vimeo.com/99546498?from=outro-embed  

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Update from the Author


Dear Engineering Stories followers, I hope you’re all aware by now that my series of eight stories are available for free in a variety of ebook formats. Spread the word and encourage youth and engineering students to read Engineering Stories. … Continue reading

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2014 FIRST Robotics Competition FRC Day 1 in Salt Lake City


Day 1 of the FRC Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Wow! Many great robots took to the competition floor for their first movements and trial runs. Some worked well, others moved around a bit, and others… well, some didn’t … Continue reading

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My Engineering Stories, and others recommended by Henry Petroski


I’m grateful to Henry Petroski, a well known engineering author for his ongoing recommendations for my Engineering Stories. In addition to providing an endorsement on the back of my book, Dr. Petroski, the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and … Continue reading

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2014 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Kickoff


It was snow and ice on January 4th, 2014 at Hillcrest High School in Utah where I attended my first FIRST kickoff session. It was cold on the outside, but inside the school the bagels were warm and the anticipation … Continue reading

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Weightless – Part 9 (Draft)


“Morris look, I can see I was presumptuous moving forward on this without consulting the team.” “Suppose we combine our ideas?” Ellen suggested. “I haven’t even told you my concept yet,” Morris said. “Let’s hear it then,” Ellen and Mr. … Continue reading

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