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Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   10/28/2014 2:40:12 AM
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Greg getting into different areas of profession can be positive and negative both , because these days everyone is concerned with professionals , experts , specialist so getting into diverse may not help some one to have a straight career path but yes if you get to knw different subjects then only you will come to knw about your interests as well. According to me students should go through a proper survey and then take appropriate electives because electives matters a lot .

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Debera Harward   10/28/2014 2:36:52 AM
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Thanks Dave for such an interesting article , I really appreciate your idea of studying together it no doubt helps a lot when 4 to 5 students are working together or studying together it means different brains are working , it helps to understand things faster and solve problems faster even .

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mrdon   9/21/2014 3:44:29 PM
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Pubudu

I agree. I like to add, "Do the basics right and be consistent" as well.

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Pubudu   8/30/2014 3:39:21 PM
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True a2, there will not be a market for our ideas if there is no demand, so it is  must to consider the customers ideas. 

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Pubudu   8/30/2014 3:23:09 PM
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Very true Greg M, get involvement is the first step of experiencing. 

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Pubudu   8/30/2014 3:16:58 PM
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Dave, Fist thing that comes to mind is "Do the basics right" simple tips but change the life for sure. 

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Greg M. Jung   8/29/2014 11:26:42 PM
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@Dave: IPRO sounds like a great program.  Wish we had something like this back in the day when I was in school.

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Greg M. Jung   8/29/2014 11:24:13 PM
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@a2:  Good point about considering customer ideas first.  As they say, 'seek first to understand' is always an effective method.

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Dave Palmer   8/29/2014 1:41:31 PM
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@Greg: Good points about public speaking and business concepts.  I never had the opportunity to take a speech class, but my daughter took one while she was working on her associate's degree, and I think it was a good experience for her.   Also, several engineering graduate students I know joined Toastmasters International to get more experience with public speaking.  My "public speaking" experience while I was in college was teaching math in an inner city high school.  It was definitely a case of "trial by fire," but greatly improved my self-confidence and speaking abilities.

IIT has a program called IPRO (Intraprofessional Research Opportunity); all students are required to participate in at least two IPRO projects prior to graduation.  I wrote about this in Design News back in 2012; I'd link to the article if DN weren't blocking URLs.  In the this program, students from different majors work together on real world design problems.  All of the projects have at least some business aspect (in some cases, they've actually led to successful start-ups), and the students have to present their work publically at the end of the semester.  It's a good way to learn and practice the skills you mentioned.

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a.saji   8/29/2014 6:48:13 AM
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@Greg: Agreed but who is going to decide and on what basis it will be measured ? 

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