What I Do
I am an engineer – someone who works out how to implement systems and devices needed by others. Engineering has been going on for as long as we’ve had civilization. Indeed, we would have almost no civilization without engineering.
In my view, being an engineer involves a commitment to the improvement of society as a whole, not simply the improvement of a few fortunes at the expense of society as a whole. I have accepted the responsibility of determining what to design – engineering is a profession and professionals have to handle the responsibility for their decisions – they’re supposed to know better than others.
I’m an electrical engineer – working with electric and electronic technology. My boyhood heroes were Charles Proteus Steinmetz, who brought mathematics to the confusing world of electrical technology around 1890, and Edwin Howard Armstrong, who singlehandedly invented most radio receiving technology. Philo T. Farnsworth, who developed the cathode-ray tube for television display in 1927, is a close runner-up.
I’m a design engineer – starting from an idea and applying available or potentially available technologies to result in a functioning device. Lots of other engineers work with already-designed devices to keep them functioning, but my tendency is “do not fix – redesign”. This is not always the best course of action.