September 2011

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Weekend Journal: Recruiting at a Top Tier Engineering School

Weekend Journal: Recruiting at a Top Tier Engineering School

I spent the past week recruiting for my company at a top tier engineering school in the northeast. It was a great time, both getting to tour the area and getting to experience the culture on campus. However, I was particularly struck with how things differ from a top tier school and a lesser known school. First off, if you haven’t heard, we’re still in the grips of the Great Recession. Some even say that the conditions of the economy point to a second dip and we’ll see more layoffs from the recent pick up in economic activity seen in the past year. But you know what? None of that matters at a top tier school. The action at a career fair in these less-than-stellar times would convince just about anyone coming in off the streets that we’re rocking in the fast times of the late 90s. But no, that’s […]

Classes Every Mechanical Engineer Should Take

Classes Every Mechanical Engineer Should Take

I know that I’m late with my blog post this week and I apologize for that. Proposal writing, lectures, and whatnot. Today, I have my first faculty meeting in one department and I’m debating whether I want to bring up suggestions to change the course I teach which would make it link better with another course. I’ve inquired with several of the people that would be most affected by this transition and everyone thinks it’s decent idea (at least on the surface). Also, I’ve polled several students to hear their thoughts and most, to my surprise, are on board with it. In talking with students, I’ve also come across three common themes that they wish were different for their curriculum. One is the change to my course, which I won’t discuss here for obvious reasons. The other two, however, directly fall in line with what I would call (oddly enough) […]