It wasn't easy choosing an Engineer of the year considering we had a strong and diverse field of candidates. Dirak's Dieter Ramsauer, an extraordinary engineer and toolmaker, is the Barry Bonds of metal fastening and related patents. Design Engineer Martin Fisher performs great work in Africa, the world's most challenging continent. Electrical Engineer Michael Dhuey co-developed the iPod and revived Cisco's novel video teleconferencing product known as TelePresence.
By all measures, any one of these three and perhaps thousands of others could qualify as Engineer of the Year, but, alas, we went with Boeing 787 Chief Project Engineer Tom Cogan. Given the scale of the 787 project, the plane's mindshare in 2007 and the fact that the aircraft's development touches all of DN's coverage area, we went with Cogan. He is a passionate aeronautical engineer and anyone aspiring to be an engineering manager overseeing a huge project should read our story about him on page 46. As one of his colleagues says, Cogan's job involves “engineering, marketing and a little bit of sales.”
Breaking with tradition this year, we also produced profiles of our three finalists. They start on page 51. The final four were narrowed down from a field of 11. We appreciate everyone who voted online for our original 11 candidates. In thinking about engineers deserving of recognition in Design News, I wonder if we should have 12 finalists, one featured each month in Design News and on our website. Call it Engineer of the Month. Then, we'd select our Engineer of the Year from that group. So instead of making it a yearly event, it would be ongoing, capturing more mindshare and looking more in depth at deserving engineers and recognizing them.
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Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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