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Career Development Plan

About 12 years into my career, I felt my trajectory plateau. I was an E4 doing the job of an E5, and sometimes an E6.  On one project, I held the same responsibilities as a Fellow and a department manager. … Continue reading

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PowerPoint Engineering: Laser Pointer Discipline

This week, I attended a mechanical engineering symposium, the purpose of which was knowledge sharing across business units and groups. A lot of valuable information was presented, which I may discuss in future posts, but there is one takeaway I … Continue reading

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Interview Tip: Ask Questions

As I think back on the many interviews in which I’ve participated, there is one action that has set interviewees apart in my view. It wasn’t showcasing an accomplishment or maintaining good posture or smiling – though those are important. … Continue reading

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Use a Daily Information Log to Reduce Learning Curve of New Programs

I recently assumed a new position at work: Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL) for a production program. Being an IPTL is not foreign to me. I’ve done it before, so I’m familiar with the toolbox and expectations, but without exaggeration, … Continue reading

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The Work-Life Balance Fallacy

The work-life programs that corporate leaders celebrate are a farce. They’re feel good concepts pushed in an attempt to raise moral and show they care about their employees’ health and families. Of course, your company wants you to be healthy, … Continue reading

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Peer Reviews: A Disappearing Tool

Very often, I am tasked with assessing a team’s requirement verification plan – essentially determining whether or not they have the necessary artifacts to show compliance to each requirement. This involves reviewing drawings, analysis, test data, and inspection reports. In … Continue reading

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Interview Tips: Ask the Right Questions

As I think back on the many interviews in which I’ve participated, both in person and on the phone, there is one action taken by a few interviewees that set them apart. It wasn’t showcasing an accomplishment or maintaining good … Continue reading

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The 3D Printing Bubble is NOT Bursting

Recently on LinkedIn, a question posted in the 3D printing entrepreneur group asked if the 3D printing bubble is bursting. While I thought the question was jumping the gun, the ensuing discussion had a range of diverse opinions.  Here is … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned for Attending Conferences

The 2016 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2016) was recently held in Long Beach, CA, and I had the opportunity to attend.  At a week long, the conference covered the full gamut of topics; electric vehicle power trains, semiconductors, smart … Continue reading

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JSTARS: Another Competition Contract

According to DefenseNews and other sources, the US Air Force has awarded both Northrop Grumman (NG) and Raytheon contracts to compete to be the sole source supplier for the new generation of the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System … Continue reading

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