Arthur T. Johnson is Professor Emeritus in Bioengineering at the University of Maryland and now a grower of organic fruit on his 49 acre farm. He is the author of four books, 150 peer-reviewed publications, and numerous essays. He has held leadership positions in ten different local, national, and international organizations, and is Fellow of seven professional societies, including IEEE.
We, as a society, have become too easily distracted. We are all suffering these days from lack of focus, and it could get worse.
As the saying goes, the point on a pencil is the inspiration and the other end with the eraser is the experience. A pencil without an eraser is next to useless, as I have found out.
Each class session is a different performance. Whether the instructor is at the top of his or her form or feeling very low that day, a mask must come over him or her, and the show commences at the appointed class start time. From that
No matter if an engineer did the best job in the world with a design, if the person responsible for the design cannot communicate the design effectively, then the design effort was wasted. That’s the reason that I gave to my Transport Processes Design course students for requiring that they paid attention to communications in their design reports equal to the attention they paid to technical aspects of their designs.
Just when it looked like there could be a breakthrough in the application of biotechnology to crops and food plants, a new wrinkle appeared in the form of a scientific development. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been planted for years because they offer advantages for producers or consumers…
What almost all students and many faculty members don’t realize is that engineering design/application solutions are rarely the best.
For some people, retirement is the ultimate goal they aspire to reach at the end of their professional careers. For others, retirement is like a death knell to one’s ambitions.
For a change of pace, I am presenting “The Shaming of the True,” something I have given as a final examination in a graduate instrumentation systems course.
It was just months after I had taken an assistant professor position at the University of Maryland when it happened. My home was 75 miles away…
“Moderation in all things” is a popular saying that many of us have heard all our lives. Still, a good number of people seem to have forgotten the sentiment behind this advice.