David Wilson, a motion products specialist at Freescale Semiconductor for the past 30 years, has held various positions working on projects ranging from nuclear pulse processing to artificial intelligence pattern recognition. Wilson has now found the Web.
He is growing concerned that instruction on engineering fundamentals is being sacrificed on the altar of more glamorous "hands-on" experience. This concern has evolved over the last decade of teaching motor control seminars for Freescale Semiconductor.
You can learn more about his concerns on his blog.
Emphasizing the fundamentals of motor control, and explaining them using common everyday examples, constitute the centerpiece of his motor control seminars. He is now converting all his motor-control seminar material into video modules that can be posted on the Web.
You can learn a lot on the Web. TechOnline has a bunch of Fundamental courses. One course soon to be launched is "Fundamentals of Low Power IC Design". A short description follows:
"The creation of lower power designs continues to be a major concern of modern engineering. There are two facets to this engineering problem. One is simply the desire to consume less power; to extend battery life and to make wall-powered devices cheaper to operate and ecologically friendlier. The other, perhaps less obvious problem, is that all power consumed must also be dissipated. Power dissipation has become more difficult as devices have become more complex yet smaller. Of course, the best way to help the dissipation problem is to consume less power in the first place. This course looks at the fundamentals of achieving the low power operation needed with nearly all of today's leading-edge chip designs."
It's coming soon at a computer near you.