A long time ago we needed to have some metal
castings milled to avoid shorting PCB etch when the castings were assembled to the PCB. We found a provincial government supported (NOT USA) shop to do the work.
When I brought the castings and rework drawings to the shop I was surprised to find it incredibly clean. And only 3 staff - a receptionist, a head honcho, and the machinist that actually did all the work.
Clean = no work in progress. Our tax dollars at worst.
Thank you. So many work wonders yet get so little public recognition. This is another example of hard-achieved progress simply taken for granted because it does not involve touchdowns, goals, runs, or baskets.
An obituary for Prof Rosalyn Yalow appeared a few days ago:
which includes a picture of her at her very cluttered desk. Allowing a modest extension of the 'engineering workspace' definition it is worth noting that she was awarded the 1977 Nobel prize for medicine and physiology although originally trained as a physicist. The account is worth reading for what she had to overcome in recognition of her work.
Some are seeking truth from politicians - totally wrong place to search for;
others think that employees are inspired by a 5S-conformant desk - well this might be fine for shared working areas;
many might believe that a messy desk by itself is a sign for genuity - for sure you NEED genuity to handle such a desk.
While I never had the pleasure to meet Bob personally, I really liked his writing which covered much more than analog stuff.
For sure, any 5S reminder in our office puts a smile on my face - Bob simply didn't care about.
What I will keep in mind is Bob's helping hand.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.