Be SMART & STUPID
The message behind this video is at the core of design thinking versus traditional engineering thinking. However, you really need the best of both worlds to be truly successful.
Practical Prototyping. Part 2: 3D
Part 2 of the Series: Cardboard and Foam - Working in 3 Dimensions
Pencil and paper can take you a long way. In this medium you can draw things out just as you envision them, but that can become a limitation. While on paper you can create images and words that describe how something might work, you still need to discover if it will work, and if it does work, how does it feel in reality. Reading that sentence, you may be thinking that there is no way to fully answer these questions without a fully functional prototype. While that is true, we often think we are ready for a full blown prototype long before we really are. Materials like cardboard and foam can bridge the gap between paper, and even higher quality prototypes.
Adapting to a Career in Technology
During my seventh semester of college, I realized that I was studying the wrong subject.
I was sitting in a tax class, one of twelve accounting classes that I took at the University of Illinois, when I realized that I didn’t want to be an accountant. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t see myself being happy in the field.
How to Change the World
Having always grown up in a small town and dreamed of a future beyond the cornfields, I came to college eager to make big things happen, but relatively unprepared for what that would entail. The adventure I have been on for the past three years has taken me from building a nonprofit organization and pitching to wealthy donors in Chicago, to fitting prosthetic arms to amputees in Guatemala and the United States. Along the path to empowering amputees in developing nations, I have learned the critical importance of three steps in the process of changing the world: creating a vision for change, building a team around that shared vision, and leading others in taking risks. Let’s discuss….
Revolution in cooking
The beauty of Design, Engineering, and Business coming together to solve real problems.
Why you should create a Non-profit Startup and work for FREE straight out of College
Why would anyone want to work for free? A lot of people (young and old) work for free for a startup company with the hopes that there will potentially be huge financial returns on their time investment when the company succeeds. Who has done this before? The typical examples: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc.
But why would anyone want to work for free for a non-profit startup? First of all non-profits don’t “succeed” in the same way a for profit company does. However, even if the non-profit does succeed, it is illegal to personally take financial advantage of that success through higher salaries, or bonuses, or anything like that.
Engineers and Managers
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”
The man below says: “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field.”
You must be an engineer” says the balloonist.
“I am” replies the man. “How did you know.”
“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s no use to anyone.”
The man below says “you must be in management.”
“I am” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”
“Well,” says the man, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”
The Value of Getting Your Hands Dirty
When I was a kid, I was never afraid of working with my hands. If I wanted to make something, I jumped right in. I would try to build everything from an elevator to a tree house, to a surround sound system made from an old stereo. Often my dreams were bigger than my abilities, but I learned along the way. It was this learning by failure that I helped me gain so much from looking back.
Does an “Engineering” student know what “Engineering” is?
Does an “Engineering” student know what “Engineering” is? What do you think? Intuitively, I would answer yes. However, from my experiences, I must answer no.
Of course, not all majors and not all universities are exactly the same. However, I am hoping to make some reasonable conclusions based on my personal experiences as a recent graduate of Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.