When former students run into Jay Humbard, they tell him that they still remember his crazy tests from a non-calculus physics class he taught at a state university two decades ago. In fact, he was something of a legend in the Greek organizations for years, as students revisited his old exams on file. Now CEO of Control Vision Corp., he recalls one of his favorite test problems with particular relish. "I set it up so that the answer to the first question was the number one, the second question the number two, and the third question the number three," he says. "The fourth question, though, was correctly answered as 62 and some change, while the fifth and final answer was five." He is still awed by the number of students who managed to get the answer "four" out of the fourth question, even going so far as to show the work that led to that conclusion. "Practically all of the students reworked the problem at least once, many happily convincing themselves that I was just a sadistic SOB and that they could be confident in their answer," says Humbard. The point, he says, was of course to see just how sure of their work they were.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
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