Each and every one of us has been mentored. We have probably experienced both good and bad mentoring and may have even had the opportunity to attempt it ourselves. Most academics do not receive formal training on how to teach or mentor effectively, and yet they are expected to do just th...
Although I decided to go for an industrial career, I still had a chance to get a taste in a national lab before I graduated. I knew I wouldn’t be working there in the future, so I took a more objective angle to look at everything there. As the saying goes, every coin has two sides. The experience ...
How much do you rely on Powerpoint? How much does your team rely on PowerPoint for training and education, promotion, etc? The more important question is do you really need PowerPoint at all. I have been pondering this question for the past 10 years (as if I have nothing better to ...
The theme of this posting is ‘big science vs. little science.’ It is somewhat of a commentary on an April 6 article by Pete Peterson entitled, “Of Space Ships and Bullet Trains” from City Journal. In this article, Mr. Peterson highlights the trials and tribulations of funding ‘big sc...
The best reason for caring about the Federal budget is that you are a good citizen (or permanent resident, or visa-holder). Or, if politics doesn’t interest you in the slightest, the number one reason why you should care about the Federal budget is that the Federal government is most likely ...
What have you done for yourself lately? This is not a question about getting a massage or spending a weekend relaxing in the country. It is a question to jolt you into paying attention to your own professional development. With so much thought and energy rightly focused on the global financial crisi...
5 pm, it’s about time to get ready to go home. What did I do today? A long but productive conference call in the morning with an oil field customer in Louisiana and two colleagues from the marketing department about the new product. Then, I participated in the big safety review session with ...