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DFI Chapter 40: What makes a good engineer?
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8/31/2011   Post a comment
Lectronix CEO Allan Dale has been in the industry since the 1960s. He knows what makes a good engineer.
DFI Chapter 37: We drag-race a Prius
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We drag-race Harry Roos of CMR X-ray (Waukesha, Wisc.) and his Prius in a parking lot.
DFI Chapter 36: Here comes the future
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An interview with Harold Schweitzer, engineering student at Arizona State University, on why he's entering the profession.
DFI Chapter 34: Challenges in energy electronics
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
Heather Robertson, Avnet's technology director for renewable energy, talks about how customers are making systems more efficient as they leverage new ways to capture energy.
DFI Chapter 35: Getting closer to the panel
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Heather Robertson, Avnet's technology director for renewable energy, talks about how customers are building more efficient systems to manage alternative energy sources better.
DFI Chapter 33: The search for electricity
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8/28/2011   Post a comment
In Livonia, Mich., we search for power outlets to give the Volt a much-need drink of electricity.
Limiting Innovation
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
DFI Chapter 28: Selling innovation
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
There are few industries in the world that are as savvy about marketing their highly technical products than the auto industry. Just go to any race and you'll see. We did.
DFI Chapter 29: Limiting innovation
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
Imagine you're so good at what you do, that someone comes and prevents you from getting better...in fact slows your growth. That's what one race-car team's chief engineer is grappling with.
DFI Chapter 30: What's old can be new again
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
Engineering manager Helmut Weiher from Utility Relay describes how his company updates decades-old circuit breaker technology cost-effectively.
Chapter 31: The AC Master Pro
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
Engineering manager Helmut Weiher from Utility Relay describes his company's latest product, the AC Pro-MP circuit breaker technology.
DFI Chapter 32: Start your engines
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8/20/2011   Post a comment
Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan business development exec Mike Welsh gives us a tour around the Road America course before August's American Le Mans race in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.
Willow Garage PR2 robot at Hot Chips
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8/19/2011   Post a comment
Steve Cousins, chief executive of Willow Garage, demonstrates the company's PR2 personal robot in a keynote at Hot Chips 2011.
DFI Chapter 38: Admiring innovation's history
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8/18/2011   Post a comment
We toured the canal locks in the Cuyahoga Valley to pay our respects to innovators past.
DFI Chapter 23: Bars, the new centers of innovation
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8/15/2011   Post a comment
We almost literally stumbled on an amazing wireless application on a hot, muggy St. Louis night after a six-hour drive in the Chevy Volt.
DFI Chapter 27: LED efficiencies and the night sky
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OSRAM product marketing manager Marc Drybel talks about LED life cycles and offers some good news for star gazers.
DFI Chapter 26: Osram-Taking it to the streets
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OSRAM LED technology is helping communities more efficiently illuminate their streets, save money and create more friendly atmospheres.
DFI Chapter 24: We welcome a new sponsor
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Getting TE Connectivity to sponsor Drive for Innovation was the easy part. Applying the sponsor decal, nerve-wracking.
DFI Chapter 20: The time-travelling radio
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8/11/2011   Post a comment
An i3 Detroit hackerspace team devised ChronoTune, the time travelling radio for a contest and showed it off at Detroit Maker Faire 2011
DFI Chapter 25: The Book of Allan
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8/10/2011   Post a comment
Longtime computing industry executive Allan Dale, now CEO of Lectronix, says data is the key to innovation.
DFI Chapter 19: Connecting with the Volt
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8/9/2011   Post a comment
Adam Tyler describes TE Connectivity's connector design-in in the engine compartment of the Chevy Volt
DFI Chapter 21: On the shoulders of giants
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8/9/2011   Post a comment
A tour of the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich., reveals just how far we've come from the days when innovation came in really big forms.
DFI Chapter 22: Innovation in interconnects
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8/9/2011   Post a comment
Adam Tyler of TE Connectivity describes how engineers learned from the design of their HVA 400 connector to make a smaller, easier-to-use HVA 280 device for high-voltage applications.
DFI Chapter 18: Mantis, the open source robot
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8/8/2011   Post a comment
Eric Barch, a student at Kettering University, demonstrates his open-source, Arduino-based robot car.
A car for the people
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8/2/2011   Post a comment
DesignNews senior editor Chuck Murray discusses consumer impressions and acceptance of electric vehicles
DFI Chapter 17: American Innovation
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Molex VP of marketing communications Brian Krause talks about the state of American innovation while driving the Chevy Volt
DFI Chapter 16: The Occidental Tourist
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8/2/2011   Post a comment
We visit Beer Town (St. Louis) and head north to Detroit all while trying to a coax colleague to sleep at a reasonable time.
DFI Chapter 15: Under the hood with Molex
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Molex spokesman Brian Krause offers a tour of connector products inside the Chevrolet Volt
DFI Chapter 14: Maker Faire-Innovation Inspiration
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Maker Faire's Maker in Chief Sherry Huss talks about the maker/hacker movement and Maker Faire's role in it all.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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