Dave Simon

Author Archives: Dave Simon

A career that has allowed me to work with analytical methods, advanced design, tooling, product development, research and manufacturing is best described by the term engineering, a word that has lost none of its thrill for me. I am a lifelong Michigander and privileged (with thanks to my bride of 25 years) to spend a lot of my free time sailing and windsurfing on the Great Lakes. Our three children are young adults and as we watch them make life decisions it is interesting to see how often economic and environmental sustainability are aligned. Really good design tends to quietly accomplish things for consumers without making things miserable for other people. Perhaps as engineers we will have truly succeeded at “green” when it is expected and not noticed by the world at large, in much the same way that the global marketplace simply expects things to be safe, affordable and perform well.

Building a Better Light

Just this week Altair’s LED lighting subsidiary, TOGGLED, released an impressive list of patents that were issued in 2013. Twenty-one patents were awarded to the company during the year – that’s one every 18 days. For people unfamiliar with the … Read More

Lights go on for TOGGLED

Recently, X-OLOGY profiled TOGGLED and the advantages of switching to LED lighting as a replacement for fluorescent tubes. “Michigan company ramps up production of money-saving, green LED lighting” shares the strengths of switching to LED lighting sources for businesses, the … Read More

LED Lighting

The LED (light emitting diode) lighting industry, more properly known as the solid-state lighting industry, is at once the subject of intense excitement and impatience. The excitement is valid – provided that it is given just a small dose of … Read More

Why Engineers Wear Khaki Pants

I own a lot of khaki pants.  The reasons for this are very sound, mostly having to do with the fact that is almost impossible to get in serious fashion trouble while wearing them.  You can add a nice top … Read More