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Engineering and "new" media

What Walt said in his last post.  And in other news about raising the level of interest in engineering among the younger crowd, news has come out today that the PBS show "Design Squad", produced by WGBH, Boston, won a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.  Take a look at the...

Does it suck to be in engineering school?

After the Process Automation Hall of Fame dinner last night, I went and looked at my email, and having just had some of the finest minds in process automation, Dale Seborg, Bill Hawkins and Vernon Trevathan, sharing their thoughts on how to get new blood into engineering and automation, I...

The Doing Well by Doing Good Dept.

The following press release popped up in my mailbox this afternoon. SIEMENS AND RIT ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP Collaboration Will Enhance Research and Education in Safety Based Manufacturing ATLANTA & ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 24, 2008 -- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

Goin' through the morning mail

Found the following while checking out the morning mail. More cool online training is now available for all you LabView expert wannabes.

How to become an automation professional...one way, anyway...

As many of the readers of this blog know, National Instruments has made a big investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. They've backed that investment by providing Labview as the engine for the Lego Mindstorms robotic game. Now, NI has announced that Labview directly supports Profibus.

First You Get Their Attention

The wise old sage who wrote Ecclesiasties tells us to cast our bread on the water, and if we're patient, our investment will pay off. It's National Engineers Week, and in honor of the event, Phoenix Contact is doing some ground-level recruiting of the youngest engineers that won't pay off...

Advantech aids education for automation professionals

From Chuck Harrell: Advantech's eManufacturing Laboratory Provides On-Hands Advantage to University Students   (Cincinnati, Ohio - 02/13/2008) - In October 2004, Professor Jay Lee joined the University of Cincinnati (UC) as the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Advanced Manufacturing.

Maybe Not So Crazy After All

Well, at least a couple of people didn't think my idea about a t.v. show on process automation was really stupid. In addition to the comments attached to yesterday's post, there's this email from Jeff Brandt of JLS Automation, referring to my Automation Minute on "Selling the Cool":

Another Good Idea -- Maybe

Okay. I'll admit it. I was vain enough to be flattered that somebody from ISA actually thought my idea about using simulation games to interest the young-uns in process automation was a good idea. Thanks. That success tempts me to roll out another idea that's been rattling around in my...

Taking Nancy's Cool Idea Seriously...

At the ISA Expo 2008 Conference Planning Committee meeting this weekend, Robert Shear from Dust Networks told me how much he agreed with Nancy Bartels, who posted a great idea a few weeks ago-- that we ought to be building components for the Sims and Second Life, and other simulation...