EE Times has been around for many years, starting as a newsprint publication. Over the years, we've published thousands of articles. Surely, you must have at least one that stands out in your mind. Now it's time to tell everyone about it. I'll go first.
Bernard M. Gordon
My introduction to EE Times came in the summer of 1979. I was about to start my senior year in college
, and I spent the summer working in the engineering lab for Semiconductor Circuits
, a power-supply company then in Haverhill, Mass. One morning, I found a copy of EE Times on someone's bench. I picked it up and read "The Inept Training of Engineers" by Bernard M. Gordon, founder of Analogic. Given that I expected to enter the engineering workforce the following year, I had to read the article.
Gordon, a legend in the Boston area and to his employees, suppliers, customers, and competitors, wrote that new engineers should start on the production line and work their way to the engineering lab. He stressed that to really design a product, you have to understand what it's like to assemble it. Working on the line would also give you the perspective of the factory worker. I remember the article clear as day.
The following year, I went to work for Analog Devices, Gordon's arch competitor at the time. There, I heard all kinds of "Bernie" stories. I don't remember any of them, and I wouldn't repeat them here if I did, but Bernie had been a boxer in his youth and had a pair of boxing gloves in his office. I did see them on my one visit to Analogic as an editor.
So, that's my most memorable EE Times article. What's yours? If you can find it on this site, please add the link to your comment. Otherwise, leave the headline or anything else you can recall.