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17 Mar, 2014

Big Engineering

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen Most of the customers I work with design small systems, or smaller pieces of larger systems. Occasionally I get to see an end product: a car, an airplane, a mockup of the International Space Station to name a few. Most of these systems are built or assembled in one location, then put to work in another. In other words, the systems most of my customers work with are portable in a very general sense. On … Read More

engineering

3 May, 2012

Rooster Tail Engineering

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen It is not uncommon for the extraordinary to quickly become the ordinary. Consider cell phones, tablet computers (or just computers in general), hybrid cars, heart transplants, drone aircraft, digital cameras, Amazon.com, Facebook…the list is long and varied. Most of these are considered “ordinary” by today’s standards, but each was little more than an idea in someone’s … Read More

physics, engineering

10 Dec, 2011

Use vs. Experience

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen

Whether your company creates airplanes, cars, widgets, or software, product planning is an essential part of the development process. And if your group is like mine, product planning meetings are seldom boring. I am privileged to work with some pretty sharp folks who are very capable engineers, and very passionate about what they do. Our planning discussions are always interesting, and often animated.

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engineering

3 Aug, 2011

Touring Johnson Space Center

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen There are times in each of our lives when preparation and opportunity come together in a single moment for once in a lifetime experiences. Then there are times when dumb luck rules the day but produces the same result. I would like to say that I am regularly prepared to open the door when opportunity knocks, but more often than not I stumble into worthwhile opportunities, some of which truly are once … Read More

space program, engineering

25 Jul, 2011

Engineering versus Science

Posted by Mike Jensen

Mike Jensen It’s college season in my home. My oldest son is soon off to medical school. My younger son just graduated from high school and will be off to college by summer’s end. It’s an exciting time to see your kids make decisions about their field of study and, ultimately, their profession and future. My oldest son majored in Biology to prepare himself for medical school. He enjoys science, as does my younger … Read More

science, engineering

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