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Engineering Education’s Weed Out Approach and the STEM Shortfall

Should engineering education change in the context of the STEM shortfall? Specifically, I want to talk about weed-out classes. I remember when I attended the University of Kentucky back in the early 90s. There was a physics 231/232 class that was standard Newtonian physics for mechanical engineers.

Can Mechanical Engineers Adopt Agile Product Development?

Should mechanical engineering companies adopt an agile-oriented paired design approach? That question has been raised a lot lately and it’s a pertinent one, as agile has gained an enormous amount of popularity in the world of software development over the last 12 years. At first blush, the method appears a natural for product design. It’s

The Unequal Job Future for Engineers

The discrepancy in 18-year job outlook for different types of engineers might surprise you. In America, we’ve been told we’ll face a dearth of engineers in the near future. We’ve learned to encourage students to major in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, as that’s where the job growth will be. Over the next

What makes a design engineer?

A while ago, we talked on the blog about non-engineers use of CAD. And the discussion is still relevant. Defining the roles of design engineers and drafter—or CAD engineer—can be difficult for companies because those roles overlap, especially when it comes to CAD use. At the time, Chad wrote: From my perspective, I don’t think

Stay Late or Go Home: Do Engineers Have a Choice?

I make an effort to read up on what’s going on the engineering world. Obviously, it’s relevant to what I write here at this blog. It helps me gauge what’s going on with lots of things ranging from technology, to engineering managerial issues to trends in engineering careers. One of the blogs I follow is

Turning a Blind Eye to the Creativity in Engineering

A few months ago, I wrote a post here at engineering-matters that talked to multiple intelligences and how they relate to the engineering field. That topic struck me as important because it acknowledges the fact that engineering requires multiple types of technical skills and knowledge. It’s not all just about book smarts or visualization. A

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Mitigating the Engineering Brain Drain Threat

The impact of the retirement of Boomer engineers is something I have been tracking for some time. It poses a serious threat to productivity in engineering organizations. While there are process and organizational changes that can be made to address that threat, there are also some technologies that can make an impact as well. The

Let’s Play A Guessing Game: Who’s this Engineer?

Here at engineering-matters, we’ve taken on some serious topics. And rightfully so. There’s a lot going on with the engineering profession. But as we approach the holiday season, I feel like we should maybe lighten the mood a little bit. I still want to take on a serious topic but have some fun along the