Move over Snoopy and SpongeBob, Future Engineers Join the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Th-1Can’t make it as an engineer?  Then maybe consider football player…

I’ve never been able to come up with any association between Thanksgiving and engineering (Tension on a wishbone?  Buckling of pumpkin pie crust?), so I figured I had a good excuse to take this week off from the blog.  But then I read some engineering-flavored Thanksgiving news and decided that when offered inspiration I have to grab it. Continue reading

“Construimus Batuimus” — Engineers in War Time: From Masada to John Wayne

Who Says Engineers aren’t Tough?

Today is Veterans Day in the United States and many other countries, a day for all to thank those who have served their countries during times of war.  Veterans can be found in every walk of life, every profession – but there are a few professions that are a little different, in that they are professions born of war.  One of those professions is engineering.
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It’s Election Day: Where are the Engineers?

It’s Election Day – Get out and Vote!
Even if you Can’t Find an Engineer

Today is Election Day in the United States, time for all of us to do our civic duty and get out and vote.

Unfortunately, this poses a real challenge to my mission of bringing an engineering slant to all of my blog posts — because even though engineers have a major impact on modern societies, Election Day seems to be the one day of the year when we disappear.  Looking over my ballot in Texas, searching for engineers, I found umpteen lawyers, the requisite number of ranchers (it is Texas after all), a sports talk show host, a pharmacist, an insurance salesman, a dentist…
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