Tag Archives: Creativity

Impasse on Edge


Engineers often run into challenges that seem like an impasse. Observe Peggy and Alex as they work through a sensitive problem. “No, you can’t lay them flat on top of each other because the coating will get damaged,” Alex insisted. … Continue reading

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Do Engineers Find Ideas Outside of Engineering?


Engineers often find solution to problems by observing other products or systems or nature. You might even find a solution from your favorite musical instrument. Consider this short story. He threw his pencil down on his notebook creating a lead … Continue reading

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Engineering Design – Functional Decomposition


I am working with an engineering team right now to develop a machine. We are at the Functional Decomposition phase where we are systematically examining the needed workstation functionality. I will have to relate the specific experiences some time but … Continue reading

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Free Engineering Stories


Presently, all Engineering Stories written to-date are available for free pdf download at https://stemstories.wordpress.com (Printed and ebook formats are still available) If there is a story you haven’t read yet, then here is your opportunity. Please pass this link to … Continue reading

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Announcement – Engineering Stories in Paperback


Engineering Stories is now in paperback! Seven stories illustrated, formatted, and published in a handsome professionally bound book for some ernest reading. Listen to these endorsements by engineering academic professionals on the back cover. “A fabulous collection of realistic engineering … Continue reading

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The Ribbon Cutting – Part 1


The Ribbon Cutting Copyright 2013 Kenneth Richard Hardman A Short Story in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Cover by Kenneth Richard Hardman Story “That’s impossible! It can’t be done.” Trying to strum a few relaxing chords on his guitar … Continue reading

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Job Shadowing an Engineering team making the next great Smart Phone


“Get A Grip” is a short story in the ‘Engineering Stories’ series about Melissa, a young engineer who hit the ground running at her first job. What a great experience. Read the story for free at the link below. Here … Continue reading

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Get A Grip – Part 1


A Product Development Adventure “Okay everyone, listen-up.” Brandon leaned forward bringing the Monday morning staff meeting to attention. “The rumors are true.” “Oh no.” Melissa thought, arms crossed, hands gripping her upper arms. “Was everyone against hiring me?” Brandon, middle-aged … Continue reading

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Examples of Mechanical Engineering Student Projects


(Updated 8/27/2016) This is my thirteenth year coaching mechanical engineering seniors in their Capstone project. Each year, as an adjunct faculty member I have been assigned to five or six students to guide them through the product development process. This … Continue reading

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My Journey to Engineering – Part 2 “Drafting to Engineering”


(Continued from Part 1) I was ten and a half years old when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar dust and into the history books. Wow, I thought, looking up that evening at the moon, half illuminated by the setting sun, … Continue reading

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