Category Archives: quotes

Leadership: nature or nurture?

Can good leadership be taught directly or caught by osmosis? Or are we born with leadership genes? Or is it a combination of both? In today’s society we need good leaders. Studies show ‘80% of people do not trust their … Continue reading

Posted in business, Engineering, leader, leadership, Management, quotations, quotes, Research, success, university | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leadership: men and women of Vision

One characteristic I have noticed throughout history is that leaders are often visionaries. Examples are many and varied and below are just a few examples pulled out of the hat that have inspired generations. Steve Jobs was very much a … Continue reading

Posted in failure, history, leadership, quotations, quotes, success, Uncategorized, vision, visionary | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leadership: Perseverance under Pressure

Failure is not an option … Continue reading

Posted in courage, failure, leader, leadership, mistakes, quotations, quotes, space flight, technology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twistocaloric Cooling – new refrigeration technology

One fifth of global electricity consumption is from air conditioning and is a significant contributor to global warming. A more environmentally friendly development from the University of Texas has emerged and is based on twisting and untwisting fibres. The method … Continue reading

Posted in business, Energy, engineering development, environment, humor, humour, manufacturing, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, quotations, quotes, refrigeration, technology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Effectiveness of Cloth Masks against respiratory infections

Cloth masks have been used in healthcare and community settings to protect the wearer from respiratory infections for many years around the world. Masks have two functions: firstly to prevent transmission of respiratory infections from infected person (source) to another … Continue reading

Posted in design, Health, humor, humour, medical, Medical Engineering, Pandemic, quotations, quotes, technology, Uncategorized, Virus Infection | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reverse Engineering

A rather counter intuitive title for a blog, but as I have often heard ‘one has to retreat to advance’ ! Reverse engineering in essence is the design process in reverse. The need for reverse engineering arises when one has … Continue reading

Posted in 3D CAD, 3D Scanning, business, design, Engineering, humour, manufacturing, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, project engineering, quotations, quotes, Reverse Engineering, technology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Integrity in engineering & governance

   Jet Engine under test Recent events in the UK and US led me to think about integrity in our world today, especially in places of leadership and governance, and even within our own professions – mine being engineering. Their … Continue reading

Posted in business, design, Engineering, failure, Gas Turbine, humour, Integrity, jet engine, manufacturing, material science, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Politics, quotations, quotes, turbine, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Covid 19 – hands to the plough

It’s amazing that in challenging and difficult times communities and even professions pull together to combat the ‘enemy at large’ and it’s consequences. At the risk of blowing the trumpet for IMechE, they have informed us of the following: “Our … Continue reading

Posted in quotations, quotes, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

A train that’s ahead by a nose !

  ALPHA-X                                                                        Maglev Trains are accepted to be less polluting than aircraft but to truly rival plane travel as a valid alternative they are being developed to go faster. In Japan they are testing the ALPHA-X which stands for Advanced … Continue reading

Posted in aerodynamics, business, design, Engineering, engineering development, environment, humor, humour, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, polution, quotations, quotes, train travel, transport, travel, Uncategorized, Vehicle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Metamaterials – world changer

In 2006 Sir John Pendry a physicist invented an ‘invisible cloak’, a nano-engineered material that could bend light waves. This heralded the the beginning of a new class of material that could manipulate the properties of light and do things … Continue reading

Posted in Engineering, humor, humour, manufacturing, material science, Physics, quotations, quotes, research science, technology, Uncategorized, university | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment