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Charles Murray
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Five answers from one person
Charles Murray   7/10/2012 7:44:14 PM
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Yes, Rich, if you ask five people you get five answers. You can also get five answers if you ask one person. Most of us have multiple sources. I like the comment that reader Rafael Lopez made above: "Read, read, read." My favorite sources are consumer pubs, first, followed by trade pubs, press releases and TRUSTED Internet sites, such as engineering societies. Consumer pubs get the news first, trade pubs add technical depth. One of the best sources for me, though, is the old-fashioned trade show and, finally, the telephone. Talking to people and being able to ask ask questions is still hard to beat.

Nancy Golden
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Learning Opportunities
Nancy Golden   7/10/2012 11:33:53 PM
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As a test engineer, one of the most fun parts of my job was figuring out how to test the parameters required by the product engineer for products that were often new to market and thus new to us, including emerging technologies. This often required research on new technologies and was definitely an important part of the job. The internet has always been a great springboard for information that could lead to specific technical articles and application notes. Going to trade shows is a great way to learn of new technologies while providing excellent networking opportunities that can also lead to learning opportunities. Getting on the phone and asking to talk to tech support of a company that manufactures a product you are interested in can also be helpful. With the marketplace being so competitive, many companies are offering webinars and seminars - great places to get one's feet wet. One resource that is often overlooked is the online community - there are often forums available full of folks that are willing to share their knowledge in very specific areas.

Dave Palmer
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Technical conferences
Dave Palmer   7/10/2012 11:43:35 PM
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One good way to stay on top of the latest developments is to participate in technical conferences.  Participating doesn't just mean attending; it could also mean reviewing paper submssions. Not only do you get to read about advances in technology before anyone else does, you also get to give your feedback to the authors, and help them to improve their papers.  You often also get discounts on conference registration. (Anyone who is interested in reviewing a materials-themed paper for the 2012 SAE Small Engine Technology Conference, please e-mail me).

I strongly recommend attending at least one conference per year, and going to the technical presentations, rather than just walking the show floor.  Try to go with a friend in your field, maybe a former classmate.  Take notes.  Ask questions, both during the question-and-answer period, and afterwards during the breaks.  Get business cards from people who have interesting things to say, and stay in touch after the conference.  See how many new ideas you can take back with you.  I suspect you'll find that it was well worth the trip.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Five answers from one person
Ann R. Thryft   7/11/2012 12:00:11 PM
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I agree with Chuck on the use of multiple sources, and there are definitely days when I can give multiple answers to the same question. I also still rely a lot on phone discussions with industry sources. I try to find sources who are well-connected nodes in their own networks, so they see a lot and have a lot to say

apresher
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The Value of Relationships
apresher   7/11/2012 5:36:09 PM
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Chuck, I agree with your view on multiple sources for information.  I'm sure that respected vendors are also providing education on a consistent basis. The relationships need to work, not just sales contact, but often engineers rely on industry contacts that they've come to trust to provide technological guidance especially in new technology areas.

Charles Murray
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Re: Five answers from one person
Charles Murray   7/11/2012 7:06:13 PM
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Yes, Ann, phone discussions are great because they're the most interactive form of learning. I usually gather most of my information by asking questions.

Jon Titus
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Hands-on Experiences Educate, too.
Jon Titus   7/11/2012 7:10:45 PM
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Nothing like getting your hands on something new and taking time to learn about how it works, how it solves an engineering problem, what it cannot do, and so on.  I work a lot with microcontrollers and like to get a small development board and jump into the hardware and learn how to use the software tools.  Always something new to learn.

notarboca
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Re: Hands-on Experiences Educate, too.
notarboca   7/11/2012 11:23:58 PM
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I have to agree, Jon.  A small dev board is, for me, the best way to jump right into a new processor or technology.  Factory training courses or webinars work great as well.

naperlou
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Re: Five answers from one person
naperlou   7/12/2012 9:16:02 AM
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Chuck, I am a systems and software engineering consultant.  I have been a member of the IEEE for over a quarter of a century.  I have always found the conferences useful.  Lately I have been involved in the local section (I am the secretary for a subsection and the chair of the local Computer Society chapter).  Giving back is both gratifying and useful for staying informed.  I also like the publications.  I am never without one and I read whenever I have a chance.  I have also started giving lectures at IEEE meetings.  Researching the topics for a presentation can be very useful. 

Of cource, publications like Design News and EE Times are very informative.  It helps to keep up with trends in the industry. 

Ozark Sage
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Re: Five answers Plus from another person
Ozark Sage   7/12/2012 12:09:16 PM
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Your comment "Giving back is both gratifying and useful for staying informed" and "Researching the topics for a presentation can be very useful" reminded me of a past remark I made herein (DN) about education and how the IEEE, SPE, and local executives supported school systems in the North Texas Metroplex. One of the replys made to me was how to circumvent higher education to save thoes costs via chosing other vocations. This surely is true since I have met Hot Dog vendors that make far more than PEs.  I guess the question becomes, what human inter- actions satisfy ones personality needs?

For systems oriented people l think a wide variety of publications contribute to our widely varied opinions, so for kicka I offer my perferred reading list as a commercial systems corporation exec. 

In no particular order, it is:

Sound & Video Contractor, Boating Industry, Via Satellite, Healthcare AV, Digital Signage, Live Sound International, EE Evaulation Engineering, Power & Motoryacht, Showboats International, Information Week, SVC sound & video contractor, Commercial Integrator, event DV, Sound & Communitations, and other digital pubs such as DN.  We retain all print publications in our reference libarary for at least 3 years and those we are featured in permanently.  

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