C3PO and Engineering Education

While Walt's recovering from the ISA Expo Blogathon and the Standards Wars Treaty Negotiations, some of we munchkins back home have been talking and thinking about this "How we gonna get the kids to study engineering now that they've seen video game design and 'Dancing with the Stars'? "question.

Steve Mackay's got it right...

Steve Mackay, of IDC-online, the Australia based automation and instrumentation engineering training company, has been weighing in on the subject of engineering education, and a lot of what he says mirrors my own beliefs, and what I've been saying in Control magazine and in this blog for several years.

What about the kids?

As an editor, lots of stuff ends up on my radar in the course of a day. Yesterday, there was the news item to the ControlGlobal site about the new biotech education center at North Carolina State University. (See also Walt's blog entry of yesterday). Good for NCSU.

Good corporate citizenship: putting up the money...

Advantech and University of Cincinnati Partner to Create Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab   (Cincinnati, Ohio - 9/12/2007) - The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech and the University of Cincinnati has partnered to create the Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab to promote research, development, and educational programs for students and professionals alike.

Listen up! Here's a couple of must read! articles by Jim Pinto

Jim Pinto has written a couple of articles recently that I think are must read...they speak to exactly the points he, and I, and people like Peter Martin and many others, have been making for several years now. The first is: Engineer - re-engineer yourself ( June 2007) -

Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems

Angela Summers, recent inductee into the Process Automation Hall of Fame, sent me a copy of her new book  Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems, which you can buy on

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine...get 'em while they're young!

I am not going to stop pounding my pulpit about this, but it sure sounds like somebody has been listening, and thinking alike with me (some emphasis on parts added by me): ISA Identifies Core Projects for Workforce Development Program Research Triangle Park, NC (7 June 2007) - ISA has...

Marketing is not the Dark Side...

According to Dick Morley, quoted in Shari Worthington's valuable monthly marketing newsletter: MARKETING IS NOT THE DARK SIDE ------------------------------- Dick Morley, engineer extraordinare and developer of the programmable logic controller (PLC), penned an interesting article in InTech Magazine entitled, "Marketing is Not the Dark Side." Intriguing comment from an engineer.