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Robotics Developer   8/30/2011 5:09:47 PM
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I might nominate Nicola Tesla for the patron saint of engineers. After all, he created many new devices, worked (and died) in poverty, fought with the boss (Edison) and generally was not well received by the press. Sound familiar???

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ReneCardenas   8/30/2011 2:28:36 PM
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Even back then HR screens were tough to get around, so outsourcing to match perfect halo was a tough if not impossible skillset. .... you guys crack me up... LoL

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Windraider   5/18/2011 8:08:45 AM
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I wish I loved the human race--------- I wish I loved it's sillyFace. Not mine--- Better to have Roman Acquaducts than other apparently useful symbols. leoanado -- was Engineer and artist --- The Engineers never created the modern divide

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zeeglen   5/12/2011 8:10:45 PM
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Interesting. Wonder if there is a progressive connection between lime lime stone lime rock lime rick limerick and the village of Ardpatrick in County Limerick, Ireland, which has the site of a 5th century monastery said to be founded by St Patrick. (see Ardpatrick - Wikipedia). Tie-in with electronics is the extensive use of ceramics in capacitors and ferromagnetics, as well as many other engineering technologies.

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mjpandrews   5/12/2011 6:07:46 PM
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It doesn't bother anyone that as the Patron Saint of Engineers St. Patrick was actually an Englishman (or Scottsman depending on your preferences). He was not, repeat 'NOT' Irish. So St. Patrick was brought in from outside the country to do the work. The first official engineering job outsourcing was performed by our own Patron Saint? Sigh :-)

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Duane Benson   5/11/2011 7:43:30 PM
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I think I'm seeing somewhat of a resurrection in software engineering here in the Silicon Rainforest. We've been having a terrible time hiring software engineers lately. Each time we set our sights on one and get ready to make an offer, they've accepted a position someplace else. It's not uncommon that we get the resume and find out they have another job before the first interview. I don't know if this is just a regional thing or if it extends to hardware engineers as well, but it's certainly a good sign. Or maybe just an anomaly plus some wishful thinking. Who's the patron saint of wishful thinking?

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jnhong   5/11/2011 4:43:38 AM
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Don't forget the city of San Jose was named for the patron of engineers. Quite fitting that it is the center of Silicon Valley.

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jnhong   5/10/2011 5:31:53 AM
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St. Joseph is the primary patron saint of engineers. He is well-known as the patron of carpenters, craftsmen, and laborers (among many other things), but he was the era's version of technologist and project contractor. Like many of us, he travelled a lot on business, and worked for multi-national organizations. Not only was he a worker, craftsman, and experienced project leader, he taught and tutored his child in his craft. Like a true and experienced engineer, St. Joseph was a mentor and a vivid example of service, selflessness, and dedication. His boy should have been an engineer too, but he found public speaking to be more compelling. While not all that much is known, we can be certain that St. Joseph's traits passed to his son. Because of their travels and time in various lands, they could speak directly with the officials of the Empire -- very likely in Greek, the language of government and commerce in the Empire (Latin was reserved for the homeland, despite what Mel G. thought). It's very likely they spoke Egyptian as well, and definitely spoke Aramaic and knew Hebrew. They knew how to communicate -- this is a good thing for us engineers to emulate. While the concept of microelectronics would totally baffle our beloved St. Joseph, he is the historical foundation for a Patron of engineering and technology. I'm sure he would be happy to delegate some responsibilities if we were to elect other Saints for advanced high-technology, though. Any nominees?

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Bibliognost   5/4/2011 12:39:21 PM
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I can report with great confidence that Patrick was "cannonized" by the student body of my alma mater (U of Missouri-Columbia) in the spring of 1903. An unusually brutal winter was intterupted by a sudden warm spell in the middle of March that year, and the engineering students, suffering from cabin fever and noting the approach of St. Patrick's day, engaged in the following sequence of creative logic: - St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. - A snake is little more than a glorified worm. - This act can therefore be characterized as a 'worm drive.' - Engineers make worm drives. - Ergo, St. Patrick was the first engineer. They then spontaneously declared him their patron saint and cut classes all day. From these humble beginnings the tradition of Engineers' Week grew (amid parades, balls, and proclamations by the state legislature) to an opportunity for students to put their projects on display before the public. The community is invited in to hear more about the engineering profession and contributions engineers (mostly silently) make to their quality of life, and everyone has an enjoyable time (green beer included). To my knowledge that tradition continues be celebrated on the week of March 17th, in defiance of a national organization's attempts to move Engineers' Week to the middle of February. Every graduate of UMC Engineering has been thoroughly versed in this legend for over a century. He may not meet your needs, but we are proud of him!

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Manca Massimo   5/3/2011 6:08:23 AM
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The patron saint of informatics is Santa Veronica (in english could be Veronique), an alternative is Sant Isidoro di Siviglia (for the programmers) so an electronic engineer working on software has his patron. Santa Lucia (Lucy) is the patron of electricians and San Benedetto (Benedict) is the patron of engineers (all engineers) but also San Guglielmo and San Mattia are reported as alternative patrons of engineers.

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