Mar 23, 2017

Engineering School Bracket Challenge: Round 2 Results; Round 3 is Underway!

The second week of our annual showdown is finished, with only three more weeks left to go....More
Jun 17, 2016

5 Demands for Digital Threads of Manufacturing Information10

In a previous post, I mentioned the savings a company can realize by using digital threads of manufacturing information. But, who or what is demanding these digital threads? Here are some culprits....More
Mar 10, 2017

Should Robots that Displace Workers Be Taxed?16

Bill Gates made quite a stir recently when he said we should tax robots that replace workers. As technology grows at an ever-increasing pace, could this be a way to support and fund programs....More
Mar 15, 2017

Battle of the Skills Gap: The Present vs. the Future4

At a recent press conference, I attended a session on the skills gap and how to address the ever-growing problem. Currently the number of skilled workers needed in the United States is growing and by 2025 a shortage of 3.5 million workers....More
Jul 21, 2014

Nine hardware pitches at San Francisco ‘Maker’ Startup Weekend2

Startup Weekend events are now pumping out hardware devices such as a NEST for pools and just-in-time liquor delivery systems....More
Mar 03, 2015

Praise the Board, and Pass the Innovation!4

To say there is something grossly deficient in the closed and inflexible way large companies design and develop products is hardly controversial. Corporate product development establishments are eerily like medieval monasteries. The lanyard-wearing monks sit in their cubicles, cloistered behind card-lock doors, adhering to a strict....More
Jul 28, 2014

Boeing discriminating against older engineers?5

One union claims that Boeing is dismantling and disbursing their experienced commercial-engineering workforce for what seem to be “laughably superficial” business reasons … but the real reason it’s moving work to Russia, India, and domestic ‘centers of excellence’ — mostly non-union locations — is for the “wholesale purge of Boeing’s....More
Mar 24, 2015

The Value of Innovation When You’re Under the Knife3

With so much hand-wringing over rising medical costs, one certainly wonders: With all of today’s medical bells and whistles, do the benefits of advanced technologies outweigh the costs? If you’re sick, they often do....More
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