Newsletter 36

Good Engineering From Humans

The fundamental skills necessary to be an engineer are not sufficient to be a good engineer, which is an additional step up that is not always taken.  Artificial Intelligence will be an aid to good engineers, not competition for them.  The ability to make design decisions and trade-offs based on knowledge of how a concept will be used is a human skill.  So is looking someone in the eyes.  Happy reading.

Generative Design and Engineering Jobs

Generative Design and Engineering Jobs

Generative design is the application of AI (artificial intelligence) to mechanical engineering design. Although it does not make the process faster, it potentially provides more novel design options to be considered. It isn’t a substitute for actual intelligence.

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ASME, February 2020


Rethinking N+1 Redundancy Design Guidelines in the Public Utility Industry

Rethinking N+1 Redundancy Design Guidelines in the Public Utility Industry

Good engineers consider risk and the best designs are tailored for end use. Risks that cannot be inherently designed out should have the probability of initiation reduced, or the consequences of failure minimized. A proven solution may not be the best option for a different industry.

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Engineered Systems, March 2020


Are Non-STEM Courses the Secret to Good Engineering?

Are Non-STEM Courses the Secret to Good Engineering?

Beware of anyone who claims a single secret to good engineering. See, critical thinking is important too! The ability to communicate effectively is also a characteristic of a good engineer, although an underrated one. Still, how does music help?

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Design World Online, April 2020


Moisture Sensor Sends Alerts When Nappies Are Wet

Moisture Sensor Sends Alerts When Nappies Are Wet

There is no word yet on whether parallel research has resulted in a robot to actually change the diapers. I think that researchers may have missed the actual need in this situation. Design should be based on the end user, not just on the available technology.

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The Engineer, February 2020