IEEE – I finished up the April issue of The Analog and got it sent out to our email distribution list yesterday. It contains a list of the meeting and events that will be coming up in the next month. If you live in Central Texas and are interested in Tech, you. may find one of our meetings of interest. All of the technical meetings are open to the public.
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I came across this TED talk about Engineers today and I wanted to share it. Basically this speaker, a student at Imperial College, talks about how important it is today for engineers to participate in global debates and to develop the ability to communicate the innovations they produce.
Engineers need to be well rounded, as well as technically proficient in their field of study.
I finished editing the March issue of the Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, earlier this week and posted it. Among other items, it contains a list of both IEEE and non-IEEE events that will be held over the next 45 days. All of the IEEE technical events are open to the public.
If you live in Central Texas and are interested in technology, join us at one of the meetings.
EWeek – Much of engineering is based upon physics. This short (8 minute) video attempts to give a ‘map’ of physics. I thought it was a good topic for Engineers Week. It is similar to the ‘Mathematics Map‘ I mentioned earlier in the week and was created by the same person.
EWeek – I have come across, and saved, a number of quotes some from noted engineers others just about the drive to innovate and create. I am sharing some of those with you below:
- “Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man.” —Ralph J. Smith, Electrical Engineer
- “Innovation makes the world go round. It brings prosperity and freedom.” – Robert Metcalfe
- “Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” —James A. Michener, Author
- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
- “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” —Albert Einstein, Inventor and Physicist
- “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” – Thomas J. Watson
- “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.” —Sir Henry Royce, Engineer
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
- “There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.” ― Bill Nye, Mechanical Engineer and Educator
- “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” – Elon Musk
- “When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.” ― William Gibson, Novelist
- “A little progress each day adds up to big results.”
- “A scientist can discover a new star but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do it for him.” ― Gordon Lindsay Glegg, Engineer
- “Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
- “Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world.” ― Isaac Asimov, Author
- “Engineering is achieving function while avoiding failure.” —Henry Petroski, Engineer
- “For the future, primarily, we must educate people in science, engineering, technology and math.” —Buzz Aldrin, Engineer and Astronomer
- “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Dr. Edwin Land
- “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk
- “Scientists investigate that which already is – engineers create that which has never been.” – Albert Einstein
- Quotations from Notable Engineers
EWeek – As we are in the middle of Engineers Week, perhaps we should consider just who some of the great engineers are. Here is just a brief list:
- Archimedes – greatest classical engineer
- Leonardo da Vinci – inventions include flying machines, armored vehicles, the adding machine, the double hull and solar power concentration
- George Stephenson – father of the railway
- Steve Wozniak – development of Apple I and II
- Robert Stephenson – expanded on father’s (George) railway development
- Elon Musk – SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Solar City
- Burt Rutan – aircraft design
- Fazlur Rahman Khan – father of the modern ‘sky scraper’
- Nikola Tesla – AC electrical power
- Henry Ford – assembly line, mass production
- Nikolaus Otto – internal combustion engine
- Charles Babbage – programmable computer
- George Westinghouse Jr. – railway brake and electrical power
- Alan Turing – modern computer architecture
- Thomas Edison – inventor, lasting electric light bulb
- Gottlieb Daimler – internal combustion engines and automobiles
- Orville and Wilbur Wright – first successful airplane
- Lee de Forest – Father of radio, sound recording for movies
- Frank Whittle – turbojet engine
- Tommy Flowers – designed Colossus, first programmable electronic computer
- Gustave Eiffel – french railway, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower
- Michael Faraday – electromagnetic induction
- Alexander Graham Bell – telephone, communication for the deaf
- James Watt – steam engine
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EWeek – Math isn’t engineering, but without mathematics little engineering could be accomplished. I thought that Engineers Week would be a good time to look at the breadth of what mathematics offers us. This 11 minute video gives a good overview.
EWeek – As we continue to celebrate Engineers Week, lets not forget that some significant advances were made by women engineers. Just a few of these are:
- Hypatia of Alexandria (350 or 370–415 AD), credited with the invention of the hydrometer
- Martha Coston (1826-1904), engineered a signal system so ships could light up their locations on both land and sea
- Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a “computing machine” and the first computer programmer.
- Lilian Gilbret (1878-1972, contributed to industrial engineering by studying workplace patterns and scenarios
- Marilyn Jorgensen Reece (1926-2004), first female to earn full licensing as a civil engineer in the state of California in 1954. She also was entrusted with the design of the San Diego-Santa Monica freeway interchange in Los Angeles
- Beatrice Hicks (1919-1979), helped develop new technologies for aerospace communications, as well as telephones among her many achievements.
- Edith Clarke (1883-1959), first woman to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She accomplished yet another first by becoming the first female teacher in the engineering department at the University of Texas, Austin (one of my alma maters).
- Kathleen McNulty (1921–2006), selected to be one of the original programmers of the ENIAC
- Kate Gleason (1865-1933), Her engineering background and design innovations, combined with her business and sales skills, took her from coast to coast and overseas and her housing ideas spread
- Elsie Eaves (1898-1983), Eaves was voted in as the first female member — and later, as a life member — of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Mary Walton, she came to excel at environmental engineering without specific training, and well before there was a specialized field of environmental engineering
- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), The first woman to graduate from MIT in the history of the institution. She served in public health, sanitary engineering, mining engineering and chemistry, but Richards is best known as the founder of home economics.
- Grace Hopper 1906-1992), a United States Navy Rear Admiral who was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language.She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL
EWeek – With this being the first day of Engineers Week 2017 I thought that these videos and YouTube channels might be of interest.
- Grant Thompson’s YouTube channel “The King of Random” includes videos with a range of experiments and DIY projects. Some recent titles are : “Making Homemade Missiles That Explode“, “Is It a Good Idea to Make Party Poppers With Hydrogen?” and “Making Glass Vacuum Chambers Implode“.
- Bill Hammack’s YouTube channel “engineerguy” where the University of Illinois Chemical Engineering professor gives “the engineering details of all the stuff you wanna know about“. From his web site: Make called Bill a “brilliant science-and-technology documentarian”, whose “videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually” Wired called them “dazzling.” Scientific American’s blog called him a “smart, easygoing everyman with a firm understanding of the science.”
- Jason Fenske’s YouTube channel “Engineering Explained” has a more narrow focus on the subject of “How Cars Work”.
- The YouTube channel “Cody’s Lab” includes various experiments and adventures, most science or engineering related.
- NASA’s “NASA Goddard” YouTube Channel features views of various NASA technology. Expect to see the latest in NASA’s research into planetary science, astrophysics, Earth observing, and solar science on the channel.
- The YouTube channel “SciShow Space“, as the name implies, focuses on space exploration. The hosts, Hank Green, Caitlin Hofmeister, and Reid Reimers, cover topics ranging from what happened after the ‘Big Bang’ to the latest space related news.
- The “Numberphile” YouTube channel from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) covers a variety of mathematic topics.
Some of these may be good to share with K-12 students interested in STEM careers.
I finally wrapped up the February issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter and published it. If you live in Central Texas and are interested in Tech, you will find many meetings mentioned that you may be interested in.
All of our technical meetings are open to the public, so please join us. Take advantage of the technical discussion and add new members to your personal network.