For as long as Design News has been around--51 years--we've gotten letters from our readers on a variety of topics. It's time we let the rest of you read them.
Starting in this issue, we will run a selection of the letters we receive on topics that we think would be of general interest to and further the technical knowledge of design engineers.
Our letters come from a broad spectrum of readers, through e-mail and postal mail, and offer additional perspective on engineering problems. Some are complimentary while others take issue with stories. The best present a fresh point of view or add new information to what's already been published.
For example, in this issue, you can read about one engineer's opinion on whether the NT platform compares favorably with UNIX, another's views on finite element analysis, and thoughts about sport utility vehicles, guns, and the use of acronyms.
Each is thought-provoking, and any one of them could very well generate rebuttals, even more information on the subject, or other replies, which we will publish depending on space a-vailability. We all learn from the thoughts and experience of others.
Beyond providing a different point of view or additional information on an important engineering topic, letters can tie readers together. They present an opportunity for dialogue and feedback, and the end result is that we all get a little smarter.
So, if you've got something you want to add to an article you read in Design News, or would like to express your opinion on an important engineering topic, drop us a line or an e-mail (the addresses are on the Letters page that follows). All are subject to editing, of course, and we can't run them all because of space considerations, but we will run the most informative ones. Tell us what's on your mind--your fellow engineers would like to know.