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Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations

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wksiebert
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AHA! moments
wksiebert   12/31/2013 11:42:12 AM
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Before desktop computers, we worked with paper drawings. One day while looking at a crane design, my mentor said "Turn the drawing upside down. Now, what do you see?" Many times, leaps (sometimes small) in engineering are created because somebody forgot to tell them "It can't be done!"

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Re: More engineer quotes
a.saji   12/31/2013 10:05:37 AM
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@murraY: But it covers a lot isn't it mate ?     

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Re: ARMSTRONG
TunaFish#5   12/31/2013 9:32:08 AM
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@Charles.

I have a bruise on my chest from where my jaw hit it when I read your lawyer anecdote.  I shouldn't, but I do.

On a related note, I was in the hardware store a couple weeks ago chatting with an employee at the bolt boxes.  He related his recent experience about a young man who came in looking for a replacement bolt.  The HW guy asked him what size he needed.  The customer said, "They come in different sizes?!"

Having more technology in life does not lead to more people having more technological aptitude or awareness of technology -- in fact at this point in the various industrial/technical revolutions, I think technology actually masks itself, making people less aware of the nature of their tools.  This is why I shudder at the arguments that computers in classrooms inherently  add value -- especially in association with MSTE education. 

As it turns out, the main reason that computers at value in classrooms nowadays is because they provide the only medium ("multimedia") that so many modern American children are used to interfacing.

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Charles Murray   11/4/2013 7:07:02 PM
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There's a lot of ignorance surrounding the engineering profession, bobjengr. When I was working as an engineer, a lawyer once asked me, "So what do you do, fix refrigerators?" That in itself wasn't so bad, but when I explained to him that someone has to design products like cars and airplanes, he really seemed baffled. He had never thought about the need to design a product. He told me he had always thought that design was something that was confined to architecture.

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Charles Murray   11/4/2013 7:00:11 PM
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You're absolutely right, Tool_Maker. I was laughing out loud while reading some of Scott Adams' comments. We could probably fill three of these slideshows with his insights alone.

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warren@fourward.com   10/31/2013 2:06:02 PM
Original thoughts are for physicists. Creative thoughts are for engineers!

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Tool_maker   10/31/2013 9:50:39 AM
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@warren: I agree with those. I also would have included, "Where were you when the paper was blank?"

@Charles: I am sure you could have used Scott Adams for at least 25 quotes. He is one of the few people in the world of business who can give voice to the frustration of being lead dog of anything and find yourself surrounded by second guessers and incompotent people who can only react to the effort while not contributing one original thought.

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Engineering Quotes
taimoortariq   10/31/2013 1:41:50 AM
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Really cool article, Thanks Charles. Many of the quotes were straight forward honest and simply true. I like this one

"A lot of people think in terms of people, emotions and feelings. That's more complicated. Engineering mentality makes it, in theory, a little easier"

Engineering definitely makes life alot easier.

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Another Great Quote
Wayne Eleazer   10/30/2013 5:16:41 PM
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Here' one that is one of my favorites:   

There is no such thing as Science. Theres is only that which quickly becomes practical engineering and that which remains as unfounded speculation.

Quoted by the late SF Author, James P. Hogan

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ARMSTRONG
bobjengr   10/30/2013 4:39:59 PM
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Nancy--I agree completely.  Armstrong's quote is definitely my favorite.   I suppose he nailed it.  Some years ago I was talking with a neighbor up the street, an accountant by profession.  This 'ol boy was a graduate accounting major.  During our conversation, he asked my profession.  Engineer I replied.  His comment--' I always did lover trains'.  At first, I really thought he was joking—really.   After I indicated I was a mechanical engineer, we went into a lengthy discussion as to the various engineering disciplines available to entering university students.  He actually was somewhat blown away with the options available.  I could not believe his ignorance relative to our profession.  (Oh by the way--he does not do my books!!!!!!!! )

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