Join engineers Adam, Brian, Carmen and Jeff as they discuss issues of importance to today's engineering professional. Guest engineers frequently provide insights based on their real-life experiences.
Episode 139 — Estimation
Adam, Brian, Carmen, and Jeff discuss the importance of accurately estimating time and budget as a practicing engineer. Brian frequently makes estimates as part of his professional duties. Detrimental effects of our anchoring bias are noted by Jeff. We reference lecture notes from Francine Warner of Kennesaw State University in this episode. In making estimates, … Continue reading Episode 139 — Estimation →
Episode 138 — Still Awkward
We catch up with Sam Feller (who previously joined us in Episode 70), discussing his interests, projects, and latest entrepreneurial ventures. Having left industry to pursue an academic career, Jeff isn’t chomping at the bit to move back into the entrepreneurial world. Our guest for this episode is Sam Feller, a mechanical engineer who may … Continue reading Episode 138 — Still Awkward →
Episode 137 — Late Summer
In an episode that was recorded in early October, Adam, Carmen, and Jeff reflect on their summer activities, and on plans for the remaining months of 2017. Carmen spent a lot of his summer traveling, both domestically and internationally. Although he spends a good deal of time dealing with marketing people, Carmen claims that he’s … Continue reading Episode 137 — Late Summer →
Episode 136 — Circle of Competence
Adam, Brian, Carmen, and Jeff consider the boundaries of one’s own competence in this episode of The Engineering Commons. Competencies seem to be driven by past failures, notes Brian. For learning about “magical potions” developed with “unicorn science” (chemical engineering), Brian recommends the NurdRage channel on YouTube. Brian takes a cruel pleasure in seeing Mehdi … Continue reading Episode 136 — Circle of Competence →
Episode 135 — Target Audience
In this episode of The Engineering Commons, the gang discusses tailoring a presentation to meet the needs and interests of your intended audience. Adam’s favorite form of communication is an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. The data throughput of smoke signals is a bit too slow for Carmen’s needs. Jeff suggests flag semaphore as an alternative means … Continue reading Episode 135 — Target Audience →
Episode 134 — Twenty Forty
Adam, Carmen and Jeff discuss how engineering might change by the year 2040 in this episode of The Engineering Commons. Adam hopes to move a little higher into middle management over the next decade… unless he wins the lottery and can immediately proceed to retirement! We begin by looking back 23 years, to what engineering … Continue reading Episode 134 — Twenty Forty →
Best Engineering Podcast I’ve Come Across
Kudos to the creators of this podcast, who pack every episode with engaging content of great relevance to both students and practicing engineers. I especially appreciate the emphasis given to soft skills and contexts in which engineering is practiced. My only suggestion would be to add a host or two that represent the chemical and perhaps industrial disciplines, as the expertise here is a bit weighted to the electrical end. Also, as an educator working to reach groups who are under-represented in the engineering profession, I’d like to hear a more diverse range of voices and discussion of issues related to diversity in the field. Keep up the good work!
I’m an Engineering Tech, formerly a Field Service Tech, and a plumber by trade. This podcast is so relatable. New up and coming techs and engineers should be listening to this.
Very honest and interesting
I’m still a mechanical engineering student currently on a co-op in a torque converter manufacturing facility in Ohio. These guys are honest and insightful. Perfect for a long commute to work.