Celebrating National Engineers Week

By John Kane

The Management and Engineers at MDL thought we might have a little fun with this months’ BLOG, which is written to commemorate National Engineers Week. (February 22 – 28)

Rather than exchange our usual, yearly, Engineer’s Week Cards and custom pocket protectors “bling”, we thought it might be nice, to actually interview one of our Engineers and ask what attracted them into the Engineering field.

The topic was good; the “interview idea” seemed appropriate; OK who should be interviewed? The room fell silent.

CRICKETS! (They always appear in this situation!)

“Dr. Riblet (President and CEO of MDL), I think an interview with you would be, very enlightening!” someone finally offered.

“No, No, I think someone else may be better suited for this one!” he replied.

AGAIN, CRICKETS! Damn! One down, two to go!

Finally after a short pause, Dr. Riblet turned to me and said,” Why don’t you interview yourself?”

Case closed, send everyone home!

Katie; “Bar the door!”

And so, here I sit, staring at the screen…

OK, let’s begin…

Interviewer – (John) – How did you decide to study Engineering?

Engineer – (me) – “Well, I seemed to excel in Math and Science in High School.”

Interviewer – (John) – How did you get into the RF side of Engineering?

Engineer – (me) – “I had a wonderful Professor in College, Dr. Peter Rizzi, who taught a course in Electromagnetic Theory. He was someone that turned on the Engineering can be exciting switch, for me.”

Interviewer – (John) – Does this sound boring to you?

Engineer – (me) – “Yes!”

Interviewer – (John) – How do we make it better?

Engineer – (me) – “Should we throw in a couple, cool, HFSS Electromagnetic simulations?”

Interviewer – (John) – “Nope, we’ll just keep it short, simple and honest!….”

Engineer – (me) – “Three words can’t be considered a BLOG!”

Interviewer – (John) – “What does being an Engineer mean to you?”

Engineer – (me) – “OK, OK…here’s what I have figured out in my 30+ years of Engineering…when in doubt; turn to Wikipedia!

Wikipedia’s definition of Engineering is:

Engineering (from Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness” and ingeniare, meaning “to contrive, devise”) is the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes.

Engineering and Engineers are about SOLVING PROBLEMS!

So, be inquisitive, inventive, clever and even ingenious…..

Don’t be timid or unsure!

Love what you do!

Enjoy…30+ years, goes fast!”


(Nobody else knows about it!)

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