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Ask an Engineer - The Changing Global Landscape

 

Bit of a different flavour this week, I thought it would be interesting to get the opinions of a panel of engineers on a much larger question about our society. Obviously, none of the panellists are experts on sociology, geopolitics or economics, but it’s definitely interesting to gather different perspectives from around the world.


Jim Asks:

Is North America in decline or is the rest of the world just catching up?

 


 

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Ask an Engineer - Are Business Classes Useful?

Viktor Asks:

Will a year's worth of classes in economics/business do me any good later in my work as an engineer?


 

Jim - Cement Industry, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ask an Engineer - How Do You Cope with Stress?

Dwight asks:
How do you cope with stress from work, that nearing deadline or endless todo lists? I know it's a vague question (and not really engineer related) and the answers will probably differ much from person to person but I'd like to see the different approaches everyone takes. I'm a software engineer and the work has been piling up lately and each evening at home after work I feel pretty much burned out, unable to do anything (useful).


Jim - Cement Industry, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ask an Engineer - Engineering Personality Traits

 

Fiona asks:

Hi, I'm a high school student who's been strongly considering engineering as a career path. I've heard for awhile now that there are certain personality characteristics that most engineers have. What would you consider these personality characteristics to be, for engineering in general and for your specific field of engineering? Thank you in advance!


Jim - Cement Industry, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ask an Engineer: What's the Flavour of the Month for you?

 

This month’s question is actually from panel member Jim! His response, usually first, will be last this month for that reason :)


What's the "Flavour of the Month" in your organization? -- Jim

 

Corporate Slang Glossary:

“Flavour of the Month” (FOTM): Launched with great fanfare, management declares that everyone shall focus on this urgent new priority until… you don’t anymore!

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Ask an Engineer: To Grad School or Not to Grad School?

This month’s question is actually a combination of two different emails that I received about the same time. Figured it would make a good question to pose to the panel! The gist of the question is below:

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L-l-l-link Roundup!

WEEK TWO of stuff-that-I-saw-this-week-that-I-thought-was-interesting-from-the-persepective-of-someone-with-an-engineering-or-technical -background (to be henceforth abbreviated as STISTWTITWIFTPOSWANOTB).

(Just kidding)

(Sorry, I'm a bit hyper, just got back from an awesome dim-sum lunch. Gung Hay Fat Choy!)

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Ask An Engineer - ROUNDUP

All of us have taken a well-deserved holiday break, but the engineers are now working away at our **1 year anniversary** edition of Ask an Engineer! I thought I'd take a moment to review the questions we've answered so far so you can check out any gems you might have missed.

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Help a Fizzer Out!

It’s GUESTRAVAGANZA! This is a guest post by Sam Strasser. She’s a physicist, but engineers – he needs your help!

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GUEST: My job at... NASA by Chris

It’s GUESTRAVAGANZA! This is a guest post by Chris Upchurch

Last summer I interned at NASA Kennedy Space Center. I'm a computer engineer at UCF, but my placement was a little different... I was placed with NASA Engineering - Aeronautics Division 5 (NE-A5).

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Ask an Engineer - Getting through it all

Jonathan asks:
Q: Hi I’m a freshman engineering student wondering how many times you considered switching majors and/or tips on how to survive! Thanks in advance!


Jim - Cement Industry, Pennsylvania, USA

 I considered lots of switches but only made one – from civil engineering to a related major. 

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GUEST: Things to Do in Your Cube by Cassandra

It’s GUESTRAVAGANZA! This is a guest post by Cassandra Yorgey, a novelist who blogs about speculative fiction and social change over at examiner.com   

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GUEST: Wolfgang Spider Robot by Steve Wilson

It’s GUESTRAVAGANZA! This is a guest post by Steve Wilson of Ohio State University. 

I am a senior mechanical engineering student at Ohio State currently and will be graduating in the spring. My girlfriend showed me Wasted Talent a few years ago and I've been reading ever since.
 

Solidworks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGuswmXQ8JI&feature=related

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Ask an Engineer! Engineers vs. Technologists - the straight story

Justin asks:
Q: Have you worked with technologists and what do engineers think of technologists and their abilities?


Jim - Cement Industry, Pennsylvania, USA

 

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