Tag Archives: Teamwork

Pocket Prototyping

Dear Engineering Stories followers, It has been a great #engineering#career so far including my #coaching of about 20 teams in 20 years at the local university. I’ve noticed a few things over the years that could help newer engineers be more successful, and I … Continue reading

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#EngineerClips – “Drawn to Write” – by Ken Hardman (Feb. 27, 2022)

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 8

(Continued from Part 7) “Houston to Captain Parker, Emergency. I repeat, Houston to Polaris Station, we have an emergency.” Kendall looked up at A4 who stopped the recording. “We copy, Flight. Give us the scoop.” “M-479 has been compromised. I … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 5

(Continued from Part 4) Kendall finished his breakfast in the control room while checking status monitors for the 4.3 meter Hubble-7 telescope as well as the primary solar and the Arctic earth scanners. All nominal and ready for Earth and … Continue reading

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My Career Experiences and Applications

I recently gave a Professional Development presentation to a hundred students at the university. It was an honor and very enjoyable to encourage these amazing students. To prepare, I took the engineering analytical approach. Along the left side of the … 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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Coaches, Cars, and Character

Team after team, the endurance race pressed on. No car came anywhere close to beating us. Hopes were high. But when it was all over, the maroon and white competitors from Texas had the highest overall score, and my team, … 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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Weightless – Part 8 (Draft)

(The next day) “I’m nervous, and excited,” Mr. Jackson thought as he made his way to Dr. Best’s office. Dr. Ellen Best, hired very recently, received a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from a reputable university aerospace program. She was … 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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