2021-01-22 - Bill Schweber

Beware of innumeracy in technical information, engineering numbers

Using computers and spreadsheets, it’s easy to project a sense of precision that simply isn’t there, leading to a false…

2021-01-13 - Bill Schweber

There’s more to electric insulation than you might think

As with all simple-sounding materials and components, there’s much more to electrical insulation than just its most-obvious performance characteristics.

2020-12-25 - Brian Dipert

A holiday gift wish list for 2020

This year’s holiday shopping list for engineers has a distinct home-based vibe to it, "thanks" to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-11-26 - Richard Quinnell

A math-based approach to writing for engineers

Sentence algebra and document algorithms teach writing in a language engineers understand.

2020-10-08 - Colin Walls

The multicore lexicon: Defining the terminology

Multicore embedded designs are becoming increasingly common. Faced with this technology for the first time, a developer is bombarded with…

2020-09-25 - Bill Schweber

Spade lugs and screw terminals eliminate wiring rat’s nest

Completely redoing wiring with old-fashioned, low-tech connectors may sometimes be the smartest decision...

2020-09-22 - Bill Schweber

Is it better to use positive or negative pressure in cooling designs?

Fans force air at a known volume and velocity through an enclosure or chassis to obtain the needed thermal relief…

2020-09-01 - Majeed Ahmad

Mind of the Engineer 2020: Engineering disciplines continue to merge

Beyond how COVID-19 is reshaping the workplace, what’s most important to note is the continued merging and melding of engineering…

2020-08-14 - Bill Schweber

Lightbar and siren design illustrates tradeoff challenges

Every engineering design requires tradeoffs and compromises among its many parameters; some are obvious but many are not...

2020-05-07 - John Ryan

The rise of the remote contractor

Over the past two years, there has been a significant shift from ‘on-site contracting’ to ‘remote contracting’. Even before COVID-19,…