Tag Archives: Problem Solving

Watching humans set foot on the moon fixed an engineer’s passion to go farther

Dear Engineering friends, please read this man’s journey and passion for engineering. A Boeing Technical Fellow – A world away “The more challenge I get, the better I get…” (Kauser Imtiaz, Boeing Innovation Quarterly)

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Too binary in your engineering thinking?

Get with someone who thinks differently that you. Try this short story to solve a binary problem. Answer the questions at the end. https://engineerstories.com/2014/08/26/one-one-half-four/

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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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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 3

(Continued from Part 2) Another person stood and commanded attention by his full gray suit and well groomed hair. “I have a question,” he said in a respectful tone. “Yes, sir,” Kendall and Katya said in unison. “Katya, I understand … Continue reading

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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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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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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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A Real Engineering Story – Engineering Wheels for Mars

Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory Vehicle name: Curiosity rover Problem: Wheels wearing out on sharp rocks of Mars Solving this problem: Watch this lecture at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) given recently. http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

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Mars Mission Case Study from

May I recommend this interesting Aerospace Engineering case study presented partly in story form. It comes from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University of Buffalo, and the National Science Foundation. “The Mars Climate Orbiter was deployed … 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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