I finished putting the August issue of the Central Texas Section newsletter together and you can read it on-line here.
We have several Technical Society Chapter meetings planned for August, all of which are open to the public. If you are interested in technology, please join us.
Today is Professional Engineers Day. Licensing of engineers began in the US in 1907. Today is the second annual Licensed Professional Engineer day recognizing PEs in the various engineering disciplines.
Licensing began as a means to protect the public health, safety and welfare. In most countries around the world, a licensed engineer is required to oversee and be responsible for any construction project of significance. Before 1907, anyone could claim to be an engineer and perform work whether or not they were competent to do so.
I became a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas back in 1980 and have maintained my status since then. Becoming licensed is not easy. In general the requirements are:
- Obtain a Bachelor’s degree from an approved university in engineering
- Successfully complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
- Complete four years of qualifying engineering experience
- Prepare for, take and pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam for your jurisdiction
I finished putting together the July issue of the CTS newsletter, The Analog, and have posted it on the Section website.
It contains information about the meetings coming up in the next month, as well as some of the conferences that will be held in Central Texas. All of the IEEE technical meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance. It is a good way to meet others with similar interests in technology and to build your network.
I finished putting together the June issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, earlier this week. It contains information of interest to engineers and those interested in technology in the Central Texas Area. Included are a list of the scheduled technical meetings to be held in the area. All of the IEEE technical meetings are open to the public.
Check out the June issue for yourself.
I finished putting together the May issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog, earlier this week. It lists many events coming up in Central Texas. IEEE meetings are always open to the public, so please come join us to learn and to expand your professional network.
You can read the May Analog here.
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.
If you do not receive the newsletter directly, you can read it on-line here. There are also instruction on how to request to be added to the mailing list.
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