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Cabe Atwell
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Re: EEs versus MEs
Cabe Atwell   5/17/2014 3:31:13 AM
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Believe me, you don't want me to be anywhere near vehicle design, otherwise it would be my quest to bring back the 50's 'car tailfins'.

Charles Murray
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EEs versus MEs
Charles Murray   5/8/2014 5:29:15 PM
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For many years, I used to hear the automotive EEs complain that the MEs moved up in the system more readily. There was a reason for that -- electronics were considered a specialty that didn't provide a big-picture view of the vehicle. But I think that has changed, largely because every part of the vehicle now uses electronics. GM CEO Mary Barra studied electrical engineering.

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Re: Multidisciplinary design
naperlou   5/8/2014 12:42:54 PM
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I read somewhere that the cost of a car had become 33% chasis, 33% body (and interior) and 33% electronics.  That's a lot of different types of engineers.

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Re: Multidisciplinary design
Debera Harward   5/8/2014 12:16:12 PM
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Richard i totally agree with you that in vehicle manufacturing not only just mechanical engineer is involved instead it is a team comprised of different engineers and as the concept of vehicle is changing initially it was just to carry a person from one place to another but now people are taking vehicles as luxury then are so many different types solar, hybrid, electric , hadraulic and so on that it definitely requires team of different engineers to work on different aspects .

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Re: Multidisciplinary design
Charles Murray   5/7/2014 6:49:17 PM
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Although automakers are trying to break down the walls between disciplines, automotive is still very much functionally-oriented. A few years ago (alright it was more than a "few"), when we used to publish the Design News 100 Biggest Engineering Employers, GM had 33,000 engineers. When you have that many engineers, you have to organize them somehow, and disciplinary organization seems like a logical way to do it.

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Multidisciplinary design
naperlou   5/7/2014 3:13:49 PM
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Rich, you are right on with this.  It reminds me of my days in aerospace.  Most organizations were functional (by engineering discipline).  The program office would would pull in the engineers from each function based on the needs of the project.  Tying it all together were the Systems Engineers.

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