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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/11/2013 6:13:25 PM
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I'm not sure where I ultimately come down on the "nature versus nurture" issue. Most of the mechanical and electrical engineers I've known have had long histories, starting back when they were kids, of taking things apart and figuring out how they worked. On the other hand, some of the systems, industrial and structural engineers I've known seemed to fall into their professions because they were good at math and science, and didn't seem to have a history of working on their cars or tinkering.

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sbkenn   7/11/2013 6:47:44 PM
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One example. My daughter, now 20 and finished 2nd year as a science student aiming for environmentsl zoońogy. When she was 4, she saw a road barrier, the loose end of which was resting on the ground. She proceeded to describe a better way, ibvolving a cunterweight and sliding barrier só that when open, it would balance, but when closed, some weight would rest on the cradle. She may have transferred the principle from a seesaw(teeter totter to americans i think) where i had rigged a sliding balance weight for different sized kids. She has done almost no tinkering, but frequently shows that she understands mechanisms

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Debera Harward   7/12/2013 4:00:13 PM
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sbkenn, i totally agree with you engineers are not produced or manufactured they are born . Engineers usually think out of the box and no one can force a person to  be an engineer due to preasure he may study hard but he cannot creat the qualities of good engineer that are god gifted . Everyone cant be a good engineer just hard work cant make someone a good engineer to be a good engineer engineering should be inside you . You should be creative you should have different physique, should think out of the box .

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sbkenn   7/12/2013 6:28:02 PM
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Thinking outside the bix. What box ? Sorry for dragging this thread off track, but one Dilbert strip: our hero,, as a child, is diagnosed as "being an engineer". In the time that it takes the doctor to tell the parents, Dilbert has fixed the water cooler.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/12/2013 6:41:10 PM
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On the other hand...I know a full professor of engineering mechanics (I won't name the university), who never tinkered with anything, is completely incapable of fixing the simplest mechanisms and yet has a Ph.D. in engineering and is now a Fellow in a prestigious engineering association.

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Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:14:39 PM
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The Lisa Nowak case is just absolutely bizarre. Doesn't NASA routinely give their astronauts psyche tests? 

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rhayashi   8/28/2013 4:10:18 PM
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My relative is exactly like that!

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