Nearly 30 years after shooting four men he thought were trying to mug him on a New York subway, Bernhard Goetz’s name is still remembered internationally. Goetz, who held a BS in electrical and nuclear engineering from New York University, was acquitted of attempted murder and first degree assault charges, according to Wikipedia, but was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. (Source: Google Images/Time.com)
How entertaining--engineering certainly does have its share of rogues! I'm surprised that John Delorean didn't make the rogue's gallery here - or was he excluded because he wasn't actually convicted of nefarious deeds?
It seems wrong that seismic engineers were tried and convicted for refusing to say whether tremors indicated that a larger earthquake was imminent. Since when have seismic engineers been able to predict earthquakes?
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.