What Shall the #RoyalBaby Read?

There is no doubt that Prince William and Duchess Kate's son will be a well educated child. Who knows, he might take after his father and uncle and join the military, he might decide to go into politics, history or the Arts, but if for some reason he decides to...

Tuesday Morning Good Read

If you're at all concerned about where the next generation of manufacturing workers is going to come from, this white paper from SME might be worth your time. "Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy" has some good ideas--and some that have been around for a long time, during which nobody seemed...

Teaching People to Fish Edition

These days, much technical training for process automation specialists and other engineers--especially post-college--is pretty much a DIY affair. The glory days of deep company-sponsored training programs are long gone. But that doesn't mean resources aren't out there. 

Mommas, More Ways to Help Your Babies Grow Up to Be Engineers

National Engineering Week is Feb 20-26 this year. Besides buying a drink or sending a flower to your favorite engineer, there are other things you can do to promote the industry and, more to the point, get the young 'uns fired up about the possibility of becoming engineers.

Mommas, Here's Help for Letting Your Babies Grow Up to be Engineers

Came across the item below in my mailbox this morning. The University of Texas El Paso is doing some exciting things in engineering education. UTEP is a place to be watching.

Another Good Plan for the New Year

If you're looking for another New Year's resolution (perhaps to make up for the one that already fell by the wayside when you succumbed to the siren call of the Snickers bars in the candy machine), keeping up with or sharpening your professional skills is always a good one.

Keep it simple or go home! #pauto #mfg #manufacturing

At breakfast this morning, Eddie Habibi, founder of PAS and I were talking about the importance of the type of change management, configuration management and geneology management that his "Integrity" product does. One of the topics of our pretty far ranging discussion was the failure, so far, of the "knowledge...

Book Review: Jonathan Love's Process Automation Handbook #pauto #manufacturing #mfg

Jonathan Love's tour-de-force single volume Process Automation Handbook is a necessary reference, right beside Liptak's Instrument Engineer's Handbook, and if I can be pardoned, my own Instrumentation Reference Book, that should be on every process automation professional's desk or bookshelf.

Don't have time to get an engineering degree? This book's for you!

I got an email a few weeks back asking if I would review a book that had the title, "Core Engineering Concepts." I said sure, send it along.