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.
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.
Emily Schosid wanted to learn about sustainability, so she joined a small community called Lama in the mountains of rural New Mexico . Lama is a spiritual community, an educational facility, and a retreat known for its ability to thrive despite severe limitations in terms
What an exciting time to be a bio-based engineer! Biology is the new frontier of technological progress, and it is difficult to fathom how much is going on.
The ratio of the length of the second (index) finger to the length of the fourth (ring) finger on the right hand is termed the 2D:4D ratio (Figure 1). This ratio has been shown to be different for male and female humans  and animals