While working for the California-based VISX Corporation, Charles Munnerlyn pioneered the first laser-based systems for vision correction, a technology that has improved the lives of millions of people the world over. The Ph.D. optics engineer, who was the 2001 Design News Engineer of the Year, discusses the optic field’s newest challenges with Contributing Editor Larry Maloney.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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