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They're Also Doing It in Kazakhstan

More folks from everywhere are doing it--"it" being taking proactive steps to get the engineers and technicians they're going to need in the next couple of decades. The following popped up in my mailbox yesterday.  If folks less than a century removed from a largely rural, nomadic/agricultural society can get with...

Women Drivers on Mars

Walt's resting his fingers after his marathon blogging sessions at WBF, so to fill in the gap, I'm taking over the blog. In between WBF session, Walt send me the following news release from NASA.  March 12, 2008: Little noticed by the general public, February 23 was a special day in...

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...

On the Other Hand, Maybe I'll Walk

I don't fly enough to qualify as a world-class road warrior, but I've logged enough time in the air and in boarding lounges to know that the glamor is long gone and "friendly skies" are a thing of the past.

Another Approach to the Kids

Last week my mind was on video games for getting kids interested in process control. (See "Nancy's Great Idea"). Today, this story has popped up on the news wires. Way to go, Ian Culhane. Who says you can't get kids interested in anything besides t.v.

Nancy's great idea picks up quick traction...

As I was posting about it, I was also emailing Leo Staples, who is ISA Treasurer, and chief-automation-cook-and-bottlewasher at OGE. Here's what he said: Funny you should mention video games. At the Department of Labor, a staff member asked our group how video games had anything to do with Automation.

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.

My Problem with the Maytag Repairman

Have any of you out there in ProcessAutomationLand caught the latest commercial for Maytag appliances? It's getting a fair amount of airtime on the cable channels. It's the one where the plant engineers are looking at the two-headed stuffed animals coming off the assembly line and wondering what's wrong.