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Chris has talked before about how engineers tend to think highly of people in “value-add” professions. At least as perceived by engineers, if you are contributing something useful, that contribution is respected. But perception of value is a very tricky thing – two people in very different fields may both be doing work that is important, but neither one may¬†appreciate¬†the other. I’ve been considering value from another angle – instead of looking at how much you are adding with your skills, what happens if you look at how hard your skills are to take advantage of? Recently I watched a situation unfold where two people involved in a project – one an engineer, one a businessman – had a falling out and canceled the project they were working on together. Often it is just as instructive about people and their character and values to observe what happens when things go…

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I have been lucky enough to travel this month for a week to Korea, three days to Turkey, and four days to Denmark, and to speak with mechanical engineers in all three countries (both professionals and students). It was an intense experience, and I learned an amazing amount – but what also surprised me was how similar engineering is in every place. I have always been very glad that I went to a large state school for my engineering education, rather than an elite school. The main reason I went to the state school was quite simply because I could afford it, whereas I could not afford, say, Harvard. But I was also quite confident that I could receive a quality engineering education without the hefty price tag. For a music degree, or liberal arts, or more “subjective” types of majors, perhaps going to Juliard or a famous art school…

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