Tag Archives: Design

It’s Engineers Week Day 2 – Read and Share “The Orbital Mechanic”


Engineers design machinery, automobiles, farm equipment, factory automation, things that float, things that fly, and yes, things that go into space. Let’s celebrate Engineers Week by reading an Engineering Story. Better yet, think of youth you know that need to … Continue reading

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It’s Engineers Week Day 1 – Read or Share “Get a Grip”


I chose engineering as a career because it satisfies my interest in mechanisms, machinery, automation, innovation, and making things that serve people. Engineering pays well and provides good benefits. Let’s celebrate Engineers Week by reading an Engineering Story. Better yet, … 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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Ken Hardman tells quick engineering stories in a video


Recently, we held a family “talk” night where family members came prepared to give a talk or presentation on a topic of strong interest. What do you think I spoke about? Engineering, one of my favorite topics. The event was … Continue reading

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How do engineers get creative and solve problems?


By thinking through previously developed solutions as well as examining the laws of nature, an engineer looks for ways in which present needs can be met. Whether designing a spacecraft, automobile, machine, or computer algorithm, the engineer reaches out into … 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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Engineering Student Projects Links


The ‘Engineering Stories’ blog gets a lot of hits from people searching for Engineering Student Projects. I expect these are students wondering what to do for their student project. Well, to help them out, I’ve started a blog page 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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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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Foot Notes – Part 1


Copyright 2012 – Kenneth Richard Hardman A realistic experience-based fictional Short Story in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Preface In Foot Notes, the engineer is faced with a technical problem, driving him to search for and consider a number of … Continue reading

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