Driving Change

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the Driving Change Conference organized by the Center for Automotive Research and supported by a research consortium of the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio Labor Market Information offices. This … 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

Where are the (Next) Engineers?

I was talking with some colleagues from the supply base recently. Finding the number of high caliber engineers required to develop the new product demanded by OEM programs was an almost universal challenge. The available pool of engineers is not … Read More

Silos

I used to live in Dayton, OH, home of the Wright Brothers, and got to learn much about how the first Wright Brothers plane was designed.  There was no design or stress or manufacturing department to Wright Brothers, Inc. – … Read More

Opening the Window to Mechatronic Systems

It almost seems as though there is no such thing as a purely mechanical system anymore. The proliferation of electronic controls into the automotive industry is evident through almost every vehicle system. With this trend comes the complexity of developing … Read More

Innovative Strategies For the Automotive Industry

This week we finished a set of 5 automotive industry webinars that showcased some technologies and methods to assist in the constant fight to reduce cost and timing while exciting consumers with innovative, better performing products.

Bird Strikes

USA Today recently ran a story on the increase in bird strike incidents in commercial aviation.   This is a concern for flight safety and the airlines and airports are trying to find ways to reduce the number of bird strike … Read More

How Much Does a Pound Cost?

I recently read an article on the cost per pound for dieting programs.  When you factor in the cost of food, counseling, gym memberships, etc., it works out to $70-$100 per pound.  Unfortunately, most people gain most of the weight … Read More

Gas up, Weight Down

With gas prices now way past the $3.50 a gallon price that saw a change in consumer habits a couple of years or so ago, perhaps smaller cars will become a more permanent fixture on the North American automotive landscape. … Read More