Engineering Insights
By ENJEsight Media
About this podcast
The modern engineer is involved in fascinating projects indeed. Designing and developing the technologies and infrastructure that shape the societies we live in. The most effective and efficient engineers have many abilities besides just technical know how. What are these abilities that are vital to their success? That is what we are here to find out. Welcome to Engineering Insights. We bring you leaders from all engineering disciplines. They share with you some of their stories; How they got to where they are today, the amazing projects that they have been involved with, lessons learned so far. If you are an engineering student: this podcast is made for you. It can be hard figuring out in which direction to steer your career. These interviews cast a light on some of the many possible paths that are available to you. May you have the courage and determination to follow your interests. These recordings also broaden your understanding of the various engineering disciplines, organizations, and sectors – this knowledge will be useful to you when the time comes to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects. Remember: no engineer is an island. Finally, our guests share practical advice on everything from job hunting to large scale collaboration. Once in awhile, we’ll have bonus episodes that focus on certain key professional skills like how to maximize team brainstorming, or how to manage a productive meeting, or how to nail the interview, etc. We are at your service, ENJEsight media.

Episodes (Total: 20)
May 2, 2016 · 00:29:00
Becca del Monte is a product engineer at OXO, the award-winning manufacturer of cooking tools and housewares. Becca is a graduate of the Stanford Engineering Product Design program. Connect with Becca del Monte via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 00:26 - A passion for creation. 01:06 - An overview of OXO. 02:16 - What is the universal design principle? 03:35 - Becca's role in the design / production chain. 05:37 - Getting ready for her first business trip to China. 06:46 - Becca's interests in High School. 07:34 - Talking about the Product Design course at Stanford - combining Mech and Arts. 08:45 - Finding one's path through internships. 10:01 - Tips on how to land internships: networking with alumni. 11:20 - Studying in Berlin via the CBYX Youth Exchange. 13:08 - Early career lessons. 14:37 - A lengthy job hunt upon returning to San Francisco. 16:31 - Working at Leap Frog - designing componentized buildings. 18:31 - Balancing function and form. 20:46 - Creativity in product engineering. 23:00 - Becca's favorite OXO product. 23:44 - What is the objective of good design? 24:33 - Important qualities for success in engineering. 25:26 - Future tech to watch out for: the improvement of plastics. Leave a review on iTunes. (Much appreciated!) Episode leading picture courtesy of OXO. Stream the episode here: The post #023 – OXO Product Engineer – Becca del Monte appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
April 18, 2016 · 00:26:39
Sandy Huynh has been a technical recruiter in San Francisco for over 10 years. She currently recruits top talent for action camera manufacturer GoPro. Connect with Sandy Huynh via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 00:26 - Sandy's recruiting experience. 01:48 - The types of positions Sandy hires for: software, hardware, quality. 02:30 - The objective of a good recruiter. 03:04 - How a job description is created. 04:48 - Does the job description matter? 05:52 - The funnel: from 300 applicants to 1 job offer. 07:03 - What Sandy looks for in a resume. 08:58 - The resume is still king. 09:16 - LinkedIn. Recruiters use it. 10:06 - Resume content tips for engineering students. 11:09 - The worst case scenario phone screen. 12:53 - Forget the cover letter. 14:21 - Preparing for the in person interview. 16:20 - Who will be interviewing you? 17:15 - Where does personality come in? 17:40 - What to do if you are struggling during the technical questions? 19:06 - A candidate's presentation going into an interview. 20:25 - Sandy's favorite interview question to ask. 22:08 - The best career advice Sandy has received. Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review on iTunes. (Much appreciated!) Episode leading picture courtesy of Flazingo Photo. Stream the episode here: The post #022 – Tips from a Technical Recruiter – Sandy Huynh appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
April 4, 2016 · 00:36:27
Emily Clopp is a mechanical engineer at SANO Intelligence, a startup that is developing a minimally invasive patch to track blood glucose levels. Emily is a graduate of the Stanford Engineering Product Design program. She has previously worked at GoPro as a sustaining engineer and as a mechanical engineer. Connect with Emily Clopp via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 01:17 - Emily shares her passion: helping others. 01:41 - SANO is developing a minimally invasive blood glucose tracker. 02:14 - How we currently measure glucose levels... painful pricks. 03:43 - Description of the SANO patch. 04:34 - Working on skin adhesives, dock systems, applicators, materials... 05:53 - The challenges of working with skin. 06:49 - High school interests... 08:07 - Making the switch from environmental engineering to product design. 08:42 - Reminiscing about ME101 at Stanford. 09:51 - Uncertainty about career direction in college. 10:46 - Working at a B2B marketing company. 12:12 - Continuing with marketing at Shaun's Shades. 13:11 - Job hunting after college. Landing a position at GoPro as employee 181. 14:41 - The power of connections. 17:28 - Communication and teamwork skills utilized at GoPro. 19:55 - Working as a sustaining engineering at GoPro. 22:28 - Seeing the products you designed in the hands of users. 23:41 - Advice when working with Chinese vendors: ask all the questions. 25:18 - Teamwork tips: play on people's strengths and check your ego. 26:35 - The big questions: What is the problem? 27:33 - How Emily hopes wearable technologies will change healthcare. 30:40 - Future technologies Emily is excited about. 33:26 - Advice to future engineers. Episode related content: With $10 Million In Seed, Sano Is Building A Metabolic Health Tracker   Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review on iTunes. (Much appreciated!) Episode leading picture courtesy of Mama's Health. Stream the episode here: The post #021 – Painless Glucose Tracking – Emily Clopp appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
March 21, 2016 · 00:36:39
Matthew Graney is an electrical engineer at Cruise Automation, a startup that develops technologies that make your car driverless. Matthew has been at the forefront of transportation technologies for almost a decade. He has worked at Zee.Aero, a company building personal electric aircrafts, as well as at AC Propulsions, a leader in electric vehicle drive systems. Matthew is an alumnus of the University of California San Diego. Connect with Matthew Graney via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 01:46 - Matt talks about his childhood interests. 02:35 - Specializing in computer networking while in college. 03:18 - Working at Nokia. CDMA vs GSM. 06:16 - Smart Solutions home automation. Using touch screens in the early days. 08:28 - Starting a company: Pro Home Media. 09:49 - How Engineering prepared Matt to run his own business. 10:23 - Takeaways from this business venture. Challenges of flying solo. 12:20 - How Matt landed his job at AC Propulsion. 16:31 - Working as a test engineer. 19:40 - Transitioning into a new industry. 21:03 - Zee-Aero: developing the Jetson car. 22:03 - Roles and responsibilities working at Zee-Aero. 22:42 - Battery Management Systems. 24:08 - Auxiliary Power Supply and Motor Controllers. 25:22 - Talk about lithium Ion battery. 27:31 - Cruise Automation: driverless car technology. 30:02 - Driverless car technology predictions. 31:29 - A few advantages of driverless cars. 32:20 - Teamwork advice: keep track of what everyone is working on. 33:00 - Design advice: keep it simple. 33:46 - Exciting future technologies. 34:32 - Advice to college students: go after internships and make friends. Episode related content: GM Buying Self-Driving Tech Startup for More Than $1 Billion Meet Kyle Vogt, the ‘Robot Guru’ Who Just Sold His Second Billion-Dollar Startup in Two Years. CRUISE RP-1 Intro Video: Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review on iTunes. (Much appreciated!) Episode leading picture courtesy of Mercedes. Stream the episode here: The post #020 – Cutting Edge Transportation Technologies – Matthew Graney appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
March 7, 2016 · 00:38:29
Charvi Shetty is a rising entrepreneur who has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and in Inc.. In 2014, Charvi  founded KNOX medical diagnostics. KNOX has developed a revolutionary cloud-connected portable spirometer for asthmatic children. The device has been featured in Popular Science. Charvi has a degree in bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley and a master's of biomedical engineering from the University of California San Francisco. Connect with Charvi Shetty via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 01:57 - Guest intro 02:23 - Where Charvi grew up and why she studied bioengineering. 03:11 - Bioengineering / Biotechnology explained. 04:07 - Talk about research in the neuroscience lab at UCSF. 05:06 - Identifying clinical needs before looking for solutions. 06:40 - Opting to pursue a master's instead of entering the workforce. 07:22 - Master's thesis topic: automated algorithm for visceral and subcutaneous fat compartments detection. 08:05 - A historical context of medical imaging and a look at the future. 10:17 - Understanding the brain. 11:20 - 3D printing body parts... is the brain next? 12:00 - An introduction to KNOX. 15:31 - The prevalence of asthma cases in the US. 16:20 - Charvi explains current spirometry technology. 17:57 - Why KNOX is focusing on children patients. 20:53 - How to properly define the problem with the scientific method. 23:19 - A brief description of Agile engineering methodology. 24:18 - The value of mentors. 27:11 - Charvi talks about her roles and responsibilities as CEO. 28:22 - Teamwork tips. 29:06 - Future opportunities for KNOX medical diagnostics. 29:55 - The evolving nature of healthcare and the medical sector. 31:32 - Healthcare: a sector ripe for innovation. 32:43 - Challenges of living the startup life - dealing with uncertainty. 34:37 - Technologies that excite Charvi for the future - prosthetics, 35:45 - Words of advice for young engineers. Episode related content: A BREATH MONITOR FOR KIDS WITH ASTHMA Lessons Learned in Medical Devices by Steve Blank. A BREATH MONITOR FOR KIDS WITH ASTHMA 3 Minute Explanation of Asthma: Example of a Hospital Spirometry Test: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Explained: Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review on iTunes. (Much appreciated!) Stream the episode here: The post #019 – Revolutionizing the Spirometer – Charvi Shetty appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Feb. 29, 2016 · 00:40:17
Michael Beadle is a Product Designer at GoPro. He has worked as a supply base engineer for Apple, contributing to devices like the Apple watch. Mike has considerable experience in lean manufacturing and as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operator. In 2012, he spent half a year with the Flight of the Century team, which holds 5 Guinness world records for manned electric aircraft. Mike is a graduate of Mechanical engineering from California State University Long Beach. Connect with Michael Beadle via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 02:52 - Where Mike is from, and what he studied in college. 04:06 - What interested Mike in engineering. Early experience with welding and metal fabrication. 05:05 - Going back to college for engineering. 06:03 - Talk about the Formulas SAE team at California State University-Long Beach. 07:52 - Working as a CNC programmer and operator. Designing for manufacture. 10:10 - Lean manufacturing at Boeing. Making tools to make the job easier. 11:53 - What is takt time? 12:46 - Talk about Flight of the Century. Building a high-performance electric aircraft. 15:58 - How Mike got to know Chip Yates and how he landed a spot with the team. 17:38 - Working at Honeywell. Turning tribal knowledge into documentation. 19:05 - Implementing material management tracking and statistically based buying. Just in time purchasing. 20:43 - The importance of applying statistics in product manufacturing. 22:24 - What makes Apple products so appealing? It's all in the details. 23:36 - Apple products that Mike has worked on. 25:00 - What does a supply base engineer do? 26:48 - Advice when working overseas. 27:34 - Working at GoPro as a sustaining engineer and as a product designer. 29:54 - Where does Mike find inspiration? Digging deep with the "why". 31:12 - Trends in manufacturing and skills for the future. 32:04 - Talk about additive manufacturing. 32:56 - Teamwork and leadership advice. 34:01 - Technologies that excite Mike. 35:05 - Advice for young engineers. Episode related content: Manufacturing the Steel Apple Watch casing: Overview of the GoPro Hero4 Session: Chip Yates talks about the Flight of the Century on the TEDX stage:   Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review on iTunes. Episode leading image via Apple Youtube video. Stream the episode here: The post #018 – Product Design Engineer – Michael Beadle appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Feb. 22, 2016 · 00:52:42
Jose Lara is a PhD candidate at the University of Berkeley California within the Energy and Resources Group. He has a bachelor's and a licentiate in Electrical engineering from the University of  Costa Rica, and a master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Jose has experience working on various Energy related projects including hydro generation, electric vehicle deployment, and microgrid architecture. Connect with Jose Lara via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 03:00 - Guest intro 03:27 - Why Jose decided to study engineering. 06:01 - Helping to rebuild a Hydro generation site - learning the differences between theory and applied engineering. 07:11 - A budding interest in the Energy sector. 08:41 - Having a lab space to enable further learning. 11:58 - Contributing to the deployment of the Nissan Leaf in Costa Rica. Landing a job despite being the youngest candidate. 19:44 - Going back to academia for a master's in electrical and computer engineering. 24:46 - Researching microgrids. Stochastic optimization. Risk minimization. 28:55 - The art and science of model creation. 30:43 - Engineering in the real world: It's not only about the technical skills. 32:43 - Working with Hatch on a microgrid project. Applying academic research to a practical application. 39:51 - The limits of technology. Incorporating economics, finance, and politics. 44:31 - Question to ask when tackling a problem: How will this be implemented? 45:36 - Forecasting the future of our energy system. A trend of decentralization. 48:45 - Future technologies that excite Jose. 50:27 - Final words to engineering students. Episode related content: What is the Smart Grid? by Scientific American: Overview of the Microgrid and the role of storage to reduce cost and improve stability: The UCSD Microgrid - Showing the Future of Electricity ... Today: Using behavioral science to reduce electricity consumption: BBC Podcast My Perfect Country: Costa Rica Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review iTunes. Stream the episode here: The post #017 – Sustainable Energy Systems – Jose Lara appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Feb. 15, 2016 · 00:42:03
Hassan Al Madhoun is the Transportation Demand Manager at the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. He is a professional civil engineer who did his bachelor's and master's at Carleton University. Hassan has been working in the transportation sector for 9 years, with experience in both the private and public sectors, and he has worked on the upcoming Ottawa Light Rail Network. Connect with Hassan via Linkedin. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 02:27 - Guest intro. 03:00 - How Hassan became interested in engineering and why he chose civil. 04:04 - Broadening horizons with courses in Management, Accounting, Business. 05:32 - Options after graduating from civil engineering. 08:14 - Working by day, master's by night. 08:59 - Transportation equals opportunity. 09:59 - Why Dillon consulting hired Hassan - the power of networking. 11:27 - A wide spectrum of roles and responsibilities as transportation planner. 13:10 - Hassan talks about a development project that has had a lasting 16:16 - The importance of the new Light Rail Transit for Ottawa. 19:54 - Resources and tools available for transportation planning. (Synchro software) 22:47 - What is the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and what do they do? 27:30 - Lansdowne Park - Strategies to encourage bicycle and public transportation use. 34:12 - Crucial skills to be an effective transportation engineer. 35:58 - Helping design the city that you live in... 37:30 - Hassan's favorite city for public transportation - Portland, Oregon. 37:58 - Technologies that Hassan is excited about. 39:15 - Final words to engineering students. Episode related content: Jonas Eliasson TED Talk - How to solve traffic jams: "Don't tell people how to adapt. Nudge them. If you do it correctly - they'll embrace the change." Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave a review iTunes. Episode image courtesy of Maria Loves Words. Stream the episode here: The post #016 – Engineering Transportation Networks – Hassan Al Madhoun, P.Eng appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Feb. 8, 2016 · 00:35:47
Nick Kohut is the CEO and co-founder of Dash Robotics. Him and his team are launching their first product, a nature inspired crawling toy robot called the Kamigami robot. It has been featured on Wired and Tech Crunch. Recently Dash Robotics raised over $60,000 on Kickstarter, their second successful crowdfunding campaign. Nick studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his master's and doctorate degrees at the University of California Berkeley. Follow Kamigami on Facebook and Twitter. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 02:30 Guest intro 03:14 Discovering mechanical engineering through a love for cars. 03:59 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign SAE formula team. 04:50 College internships with Caterpillar, Chrysler, and Ford. 06:00 Pursuing research in academia. 07:21 Master's thesis with the vehicle dynamics lab: Predictive control to improve fuel economy using traffic info. 09:00 Transitioning from master's to doctorate. Insights into the life of a PhD candidate. 11:35 Research on biomimetic robots. 12:36 What intrigues Nick about robotics. A full technical spectrum. 13:12 Biomimetic millisystems robotics. 14:11 The Sail Roach robot - using aerodynamics to turn a legged robot. 16:48 Essential ingredients in research: curiosity and dogged perseverance. 17:44 The creation of Dash Robotics. Meeting co-founders. Discovering Kickstarter. 18:52 The Kamigami robot. Sandwich composites. 20:20 Dash Robotics goals. 22:23 Experiences from two successful crowdfunding campaigns. Getting user feedback. 26:06 The vision and future of Dash Robotics. 27:19 Leadership and teamwork advice. Thoughts from a startup CEO. 31:06 Future technologies: Self-driving cars. Automation. 32:08 Advice to listeners about college and professional life. Episode related content: Introducing Kamigami by Dash Robotics: The Kamigami running in slow motion: Biomimicry's surprising lessons from nature's engineers - Janine Benyus TED Talk: Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave us a review iTunes and check out our Facebook page. Stream the episode here: The post #015 – Nature Inspired Robots For All – Nick Kohut, PhD appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Feb. 1, 2016 · 00:43:32
Matthew Urquhart studied Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, specializing in Materials Engineering. After graduation, he moved to California to become a Product Design Engineer at Specialized Bicycle Components. A few months ago, Matt began work at Nest Labs, the home automation producer of programmable, self-learning, sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, and other security systems. Matt shares with us: his passion for bicycles. how he landed his dream job at Specialized. the importance of understanding first principles. insights into the product development process. and much more... Reach out to Matt via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Discussion timestamps: 06:40 Guest Intro 07:06 How Matt discovered Engineering at a young age. 09:23 Solar photovoltaics materials research internship in the Materials department researching on. 11:23 Matt shares his passion for bicycles and biking. 12:21 The targeted job hunting procedure. 13:36 Matt shares the incredible story of how he landed his dream job at Specialized. 17:42 Setting yourself apart from the countless other candidates. 18:42 High-performance bicycle wheels. 19:47 The tools and human resources at Specialized and how they come together during product development. 21:45 Various software programs that Matt used at Specialized. 22:39 What were the objectives of business trips to Taiwan and China? 25:47 Personal or professional qualities vital for success as a Product Engineer. 27:36 What is Nest Labs? What do they do? 28:51 How Matt got his position at Nest. 30:59 The objectives of a Process Engineer. 33:30 Tips about working in Asia. 36:22 The power of introverts in a world that won't stop talking. 37:40 Matt is bullish about machine learning. 39:50 Final advice to future engineers. Episode related content: The story of Mike Sinyard and the Specialized Bicycle Components company: King of the mountain bike from CNN Money and Hippie Capitalist: Specialized Bicycle's Mike Sinyard from Forbes. Specialized Technology website: The Nest Cam:   The Culture Map - Breaking Through The Invisible Boundaries Of Global Business - Erin Meyer:   The Power of Introverts - Susan Cain TED Talk:   Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain:   The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos:   Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder  by Nassim Nicholas Tale:   The Value of Statistics - Career Opportunities:   "The Soul of Statistics" - 15 Minute Intro by Harvard Professor Blitzstein - Must Watch:         Follow Dima on Twitter and on Instagram. Leave us a review iTunes and check out our Facebook page.   Stream the episode here: The post #014 – Engineering World Class Bicycle Wheels – Matthew Urquhart appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Jan. 25, 2016 · 00:33:40
Leo Gonzalez is a mechanical engineering alumni of San Francisco State University with 25 years of experience. He has worked at some of the biggest companies in the world like Xerox, Sun microsystems, and now Oracle. His specialties include Product Development, Manufacturing, Technical Program Management and Operations Engineering. In his free time, Leo encourages the youth to follow their passions into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) fields. Leo shares with us: why he studied mechanical engineering. his career path within many varied sectors. advice for recent graduates. insights into the evolution of Silicon Valley. and much more... Reach out to Leo Gonzalez via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice? Leave us a review here and like our Facebook page. Discussion timestamps: 03:47 Intro 04:42 Why Leo pursued the engineering path. 07:15 How he was inspired and encouraged by a mentor to pursue drafting. 08:42 Leo's first job as a mechanical engineer at Xerox. 10:12 Working with the earliest 3D Computer Assisted Drawing computers. 11:06 Leo talks about the numerous jobs he has had over the years and the flexibility of the mechanical engineering degree. 12:30 What Leo does as a hardware engineer at Oracle and why Oracle acquired Sun microsystems. 14:23 Talk about working in a state of the art factory in the early 2000's. 16:13 Leo gives us a sense of the how many teams are involved in a project. 18:09 The importance of soft skills. 18:32 Leo talks about his presentation to engineering students in Baja Mexico. 22:34 Advice on how to find your passion. 23:46 What some recent engineering grads are missing when entering the work force. 26:31 Why you need to understand the manufacturing process. 26:31 Being active in the community, promoting science and technology to the youth. 29:43 Future technologies that excite Leo. 30:59 The best career advice Leo has ever received. Episode related content: The 50 Year History of Computer Aided Design: A brief history of the Internet: Larry Ellison of Oracle presents Cloud Services at 2014 Keynote: The Oracle Corporation on Forbes. Learn how to code on CodeAcade.com. Image credit to Robert on Flickr. Stream the episode here: The post #013 – Senior Oracle Mechanical Engineer – Leo Gonzalez appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Jan. 18, 2016 · 00:42:10
Anna Lee studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. She has worked at Lab126, a consumer device research and development branch of Amazon. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. In May of 2015, Anna became a co-founder at Lioness - building vibrators and software that help women learn more about their own bodies. Lioness won 2nd place at the South by Southwest 2014 Business Startup Challenge and has been featured in many magazines including Marie Clair and Bloomberg. Anna shares with us: why she studied mechanical engineering. her passion for consumer products. advice on securing internships and your first job. insights into the startup life. and much more... Reach out to Anna Lee via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice? Leave us a review here and like our Facebook page. Discussion timestamps: 05:04 - Intro 05:47 - Why Anna studied Engineering. 03:24 - Takeaways and lessons learned from interning at MOOG. 10:35 - How Anna landed her first internship. 12:23 - Interning at Lab126 in the Emerging Technologies team. 13:10 - Landing the internship at Lab126. 15:16 - Anna's mindset at the end of college - focusing on product design. 16:37 - Why Anna decided to stay with Lab 126. 17:44 - Anna talks about some of the products that she worked with at Lab126 - Kindle Voyage and Dash Button. 19:46 - Seeing your final product in the hands of the consumer. 20:53 - The value of spending time in machine shops and factories. 22:19 - What is Lean Six Sigma? 25:12 - Anna talks about Lioness and next steps in the product development. 28:53 - The importance of teamwork and getting to know your teammates. 30:54 - Introducing Skydeck - a Berkeley accelerator. 33:27 - Talking about mentors. 33:27 - Necessary qualities when working at a start up. 36:28 - Talking about creativity. 37:17 - Social changes that excite Anna. 38:40 - Advice to engineering students. Episode related content: Teardown of the Hitachi Magic Wand by Anna Lee. Homepage of the Berkeley Skydeck accelerator. The Amazon Voyage e-reader breakdown via ifixit.com. The Amazon Dash button. Free Myer Briggs test via 16 Personalities. Stream the episode here:   The post #012 – Engineering Lead at Biometric Vibrator Startup – Anna Lee appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Jan. 11, 2016 · 00:52:39
Heather Murdock studied Civil engineering at Queen’s University in Canada. After graduation she began work as a junior civil engineer at Hatch - an engineering design firm. Last year, the society of Professional Engineers of Ontario awarded Heather with the Sterling Award - presented annually to a young engineer who demonstrates leadership potential within the engineering profession. She was also named volunteer of the year by Engineers Without Borders Canada. Heather is currently pursuing a masters degree in Flood Risk Management at the UNESCO-Institute for hydraulic and environmental engineering - which is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world. Heather shares with us: why she studied civil engineering. her passion for cities and the built environment. advice on securing internships and your first job. insights into the bidding process. and much more... Reach out to Heather Murdock via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice?  Please leave us a review here and like our Facebook page. Discussion timestamps: 07:00 - Intro 08:02 - Why Heather decided to study Civil Engineering. 08:39 - Internship at Air Liquide in Buenos Aires at a hydrogen plant. 09:49 - Advantages of working in a larger company. 10:30 - Internship hunting tips. 11:54 - An introduction to Bio Civil Engineering. 13:04 - An introduction to gabions and aquaflora. 15:21 - Pros of working in a smaller company early in ones career. 16:48 - Leveraging language skills for opportunities. 18:00 - Why Heather is passionate about water management engineering. 19:21 - Landing the first job out of college at civil engineering firm Hatch. 23:14 - Advice for the interview process: Be focused and know your strengths. 26:18 - Taking climate change into account when designing for flood events. 30:17 - The engineering bidding process. Insight into a design build contract. 34:35 - Working closely with construction companies. 36:12 - Crucial qualities for a civil engineer. 37:05 - The Banff Leadership program. 40:26 - Masters degree at UNESCO IHE in flood risk management. 43:42 - Introduction to Engineers Without Borders Canada. 47:36 - Heather's favorite engineering structure. 50:04 - Final words to engineering students. Episode related content New York under water: More images here. The Maeslantkering storm barrier: Tokyo’s Incredible Underground Flood Defense Systems: Which Countries Will Be Underwater Due To Climate Change?: Simulation of the Turcot interchange improvement in Montreal: Interesting articles: In Teeming India, Water Crisis Means Dry Pipes and Foul Sludge - New York Times The Maeslantkering is a huge storm surge barrier... - Wikipedia UK flooding: cost of damage to top £5bn but many homes and businesses underinsured - The Telegraph UK weather: Why the recent devastating floods will become the new normal - The Independent U.S. Floods Cost $34 Billion - Money Nation How Close Do We Live to Water? A Global Analysis of Population Distance to Freshwater Bodies - National Center for Biotechnology Information Scientists predict huge sea level rise even if we limit climate change - The Guardian Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods - Science Mag Rising Waters: How Fast and How Far Will Sea Levels Rise? - Yale Global flood toll to triple by 2030 - BBC   Episode image courtesy of David Shankbone. Stream the episode here: The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://engineeringinsightspodcast.
Dec. 21, 2015 · 00:46:38
Jared Wolff is the principal electrical engineer at Silicon Valley startup Mark One, a health wellness and fitness company which successfully raised over $4M to mass produce the Vessyl. Jared is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in Communications. He has worked on the hardware teams at Apple and at Cisco, and he has been in the startup trenches since 2011. Jared shares with us: why he studied Computer engineering. his passion for consumer electronics. advice on securing internships. insights into the startup life. and much more... Reach out to Jared Wolff via LinkedIn. Or by email: hello@jaredwolff.com. Check out Jared's blog. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice?  Please leave us a review here and like our Facebook page. Discussion timestamps: 08:06 - Intro 08:49 - How Jared ended up studying Computer Engineering. 10:39 - Why Jared pursued a minor in communications. 11:28 - Working on Line Cards at Cisco. 13:24 - Contributing to the 4th generation iPods at Apple. 14:23 - Tips for landing food internships working on consumer products. 16:10 - Advantages of working in a large company early on in your career. 17:34 - Why Jared moved to Silicon Valley. 18:31 - What was Sifteo and what product was being developed? 19:31 - What is a Hardware Engineer? 20:08 - Objectives of good hardware engineering. 21:28 - Projects tackled at Sifteo. 22:48 - Seeing your final product in the hands of the consumer. 23:45 - Experiencing his first layoff. 24:40 - Going on a motorcycle adventure to Alaska. 26:01 - The influence of venture capitalists within startups. 27:24 - Work done at OUYA. 29:24 - Lessons learned from failures. 30:14 - Introducing Mark One. 32:03 - Introducing the Vessyl and Pryme - Mark One's products. 34:34 - Work life balance at startups. 36:30 - Tips to make a good team great. 38:45 - Relax, nothing is under control. Uncertainty in the startup life. 39:58 - Advantages of working in startups. 42:10 - Necessary qualities when working at startups. 42:58 - Exciting future technologies. 43:38 - Book recommendations. Episode related content Book recommendations: The One Thing - Gary Keller The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) - Seth Godin Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success - Adam M Grant The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy -- Lewis Howes Introducing Pryme by MarkOne: Quick look at the Sifteo cubes: David Merrill presenting the Sifteo cubes on the TED stage: Review of the OUYA: Episode image courtesy of Mark One. Stream the episode here: The post #010 – Silicon Valley Start Up Veteran – Jared Wolff appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Dec. 14, 2015 · 00:42:18
Megan Lenz is a professional structural engineer at Leslie E. Robertson and Associates (LERA) - a structural engineering firm in New York City that has been involved with the design of famous buildings and skyscrapers such as the Freedom tower in NYC, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Newseum in Washington DC, and many more. Megan studied Civil and Environmental engineering at Queen’s University in Canada and did her master's of structural engineering at the University of California Berkeley. Megan shares with us: why she studied Civil and Environmental engineering. her passion for structural engineering. advice on securing internships. insights into the bidding process. the value of spending time on the construction site. and much more... Reach out to Megan Lenz via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice?  Please leave us a review here and like our Facebook page. Discussion timestamps: Episode related content Four year time-lapse of the construction of Tower 4: Tour of Tower 4 with one of the chief architectural associates: Great introduction about structural engineering: On top of the world in 1920: List of World's Tallest Buildings - Wikipedia. Stream the episode here: The post #009 – New York City Structural Engineer – Megan Lenz, P. E. appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Dec. 7, 2015 · 00:43:41
Geoff Purdy is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. Right after his bachelors, he began work as a Coiled Tubing Field Engineer for Schlumberger - some of that time was spent on the Hibernia, the largest oil platform in the world. Four years ago, Geoff joined the team at Chevron Energy Technology Company in San Francisco as a process engineer. He currently spends about half of the year at the Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan. Geoff shares with us: why he studied Chemical engineering. stories of work on an oil platform. the pros of working in a large company. tips on integrating with a multicultural team. his involvement with Tengizchevroil. And much more... Reach out to Geoff Purdy via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice?  Please leave us a review here and like our Facebook page. Discussion timestamps: 6:08 Setting foot on the Hibernia. 7:44 Coiled tubing field engineering and technology. 9:10 Hands on work at Schlumberger. 9:33 An unexpected working schedule. 10:45 Shift work on the Hibernia. 11:38 What attracted Geoff about the Oil & Gas sector. 13:00 Expected payback periods. 13:14 Landing his first internship. 14:48 Networking with direct relations. 15:13 What companies look for besides grades and experience. 16:49 Roles and responsibilities as a Process Engineer at Chevron San Francisco / Scaling up lab processes. 20:06 Cross departmental chain of communication / Finding a fit for new technologies. 22:44 Developing financial literacy. 23:51 Pros & cons of joining large organization early on. 27:29 The 5 year Horizon training program at Chevron. 28:52 The role of mentors. 29:45 Overview of TengizChevroil company / multicultural work environment. 31:19 Rotational schedule. 32:10 Work that Geoff is doing in Tengiz. 33:19 Collaborating and integrating with new teams in new environments. 34:47 Advantages of struggling with a problem before looking up the answers. 36:03 Persevering through challenges. 37:08 Potential next steps for Geoff at Chevron. 37:57 Technologies that Geoff is keeping an eye on. 39:53 Advice for future engineers / developing a passion for excellence. Episode related content: The Construction of the Hibernia - Super Structures of the World: Image credit: Glenn Beltz. Platform Holly near Santa Barbara, California. Stream the episode here: The post #008 – Working as a Petroleum Engineer – Geoff Purdy appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Nov. 30, 2015 · 00:42:39
Vi Lam is a professionally licensed engineer and project manager. She has a bachelors of Chemical and Environmental engineering from the university of Toronto in Canada as well as a certificate in Management, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. For the past six years, Vi has been working at AECOM, a Fortune 500 global provider of professional technical and management support services. For the past two years, she has been working out of the San Francisco office, in the Wastewater devision as a Project Manager, where she is involved with the San Francisco Sewer System Improvement Program. Vi is also a formally trained graphic designer and visual artist. Vi shares with us: why she studied Chemical and Environmental engineering. her passion for art and graphic design. the importance of wastewater management. the pros of working in a large company. teamwork tips. her involvement with the the San Francisco sewer improvement program (SSIP). the value of effective communication. And much more... Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream the episode below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice?  Please leave us a review here. Discussion timestamps: 5:15 - Why Vi studied chemical and environmental engineering. 6:21 - Early community involvement teaching painting and cartooning to kids. 7:26 - Combining art and engineering. 9:09 - Landing her first internship as a forensic engineer. 12:57 - Tips for internship hunting. 13:55 - Why Vi pursued a certificate in Management, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. 15:29 - AECOM. 16:30 - How Vi landed her job at AECOM. 18:47 - Early air quality projects that Vi worked on. 20:19 - Challenges of communicating with the public. 21:36 - Advantages of starting your career with a large organization. 22:43 - The Canadian professional engineering certification. 24:12 - The Project Management Professional certification. 27:10 - Why Vi is passionate about waste water management. 28:45 - The San Francisco sewer system improvement program. 30:18 - Organizing human resources to work on the sewer improvement. 32:08 - No such a thing as a typical work week. 33:34 - Making a good team great. 34:52 - Good graphic design. 35:39 - Using graphic design to communicate technical information. 37:33 - John Snow and the London cholera breakout. 39:22 - Marrying the tech world with the public sector. 40:26 - Final words to future engineers. Selected Links from the Show: AECOM homepage. AECOM wikipedia page. Project Management Institute wikipedia page. The Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) from Amazon. Reach out to Vi Lam via LinkedIn. Episode related content: John Snow and the London cholera outbreak: Engineer Joseph Bazalgette and the London sewer system - from 7 Wonders of the Industrial World: The San Francisco Sewer System: London Real interview with James Altucher: Stream the episode here: The post #007 – San Francisco Wastewater Project Manager at AECOM – Vi Lam, P.Eng., PMP appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Nov. 22, 2015 · 00:33:10
Katie Crawford is the career counsellor for the College of Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. Katie provides counseling services to students at all stages of career development to clarify interests and establish goals. We sat down to discuss the job hunting process and general advice useful to all engineering students. In our conversation, we discuss: The resume screening process. What employers are looking for in a candidate. The importance of real world experience through internships and volunteering. Job hunting strategies. The value of networking. Communicating your personal story. Why you need a LinkedIn profile. And much more... Selected Links from the Show: List of questions from Managing Oneself: PDF or Rich Text Format. career.berkeley.edu for resume, cover letter, interview tips. Reach out to Katie Crawford via LinkedIn. Listen to the episode on iTunes. Stream below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice? Leave us a short review here. Discussion timestamps: 5:31 - Intro 6:23 - Who sees your resume first? 9:06 - What do companies want to see in your resume? 10:51 - The shotgun and the sharpshooter approaches to job hunting. 12:45 - What is your story and what are you pursuing? 13:45 - Getting to the phone interview. 15:29 - Getting ready for the phone call. 17:06 - The in person interview - preparation and self promotion. 18:36 - Why you should be on LinkedIn. 21:25 - Where does networking fit in? 23:04 - Networking tips: "Creating relationships and keeping up with them." 24:56 - Job/career fair tips. 25:44 - How does this advice relate to internship hunting? 27:41 - How to create an internship for yourself. 28:41 - Have as many experiences as you can, as early as you can. 30:34 - The best career advice Katie has received. Episode related content: Internship and entry level job related data from the National Associate of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Stream the episode here: The post #006 – Job Hunting Advice for Engineering Students appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Nov. 16, 2015 · 00:50:49
Arian Aghajanzadeh has a bachelors of Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University where he was Awarded the Energy Engineering and Economics Dean's Certificate. Upon graduation, Arian came back to the Bay area and began work as a Process Engineer at Applied Materials - the world’s largest semiconductor equipment and materials company. About a year and a half ago, he joined the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory as a Scientific Engineering Associate in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group. In our interview, we discuss: why Arian studied Chemical Engineering. the masters program at Cornell. how his interests shifted towards renewable energy technologies. his experiences at a large company. the importance of good management. his work at the LBLabs. the value of presentability. getting out of your comfort zones. And much more... Selected Links from the Show: Applied Materials homepage. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory wikipedia page. Low Power Propulsion and Control brochure for the MITRAC 500 series. Reach out to Arian Aghajanzadeh via LinkedIn. Listen to it on iTunes. Stream below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice? Leave us a short review here. Discussion timestamps: 4:18 - Intro 4:58 - Why Arian studied chemical engineering. 6:58 - Early career plans? 8:20 - Why Arian pursued further studies after undergrad. 10:00 - What Arian specialized in during his masters. 12:19 - Landing the job at Applied Materials (the power of the network). 15:30 - Responsibilities as a Process Engineer at Applied Materials. 18:31 - Making semiconductor wafers in clean rooms. 20:48 - Exciting project at Applied Materials - chamber start-up in Korea. 22:35 - Advice to young engineers entering a large company / Advantages of working in a large company. 25:36 - Talk about the Energy Technologies Research division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 28:07 - Why Arian wanted to join Berkeley Labs. 29:19 - Why Arian thinks Berkeley Labs hired him: presentability. 31:07 - Working as a Scientific Engineering Associate in the Energy Technologies Research division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 33:53 - Collaboration between the private sector and the Lab. 36:10 - A typical week at Berkeley Labs - kind of like being a consultant and running startups. 39:05 - Business acumen and presentation skills crucial to success. 42:11 - Technologies that excite Arian. 44:42 - Concerns with technology investments. 45:34 - Advice to future engineers. Episode related content: Opportunities for Demand Response in California Agricultural Irrigation: A Scoping Study by the LBNL. Stream the episode here: The post #005 – Scientific Engineering Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Arian Aghajanzadeh appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.
Nov. 9, 2015 · 00:44:11
Drew Felker studied Materials Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Right after college, he went to volunteer his technical skills half way around the world in Kenya. Upon returning to California, he began work at SORAA - a leading Light Emitting Diode lamp manufacturer as a process engineer and then as a supplier development engineer. A couple of years ago, Drew launched TruTech Energy offering energy efficient lighting solutions to businesses around the Bay Area. He continues to volunteer his time to both the local and global communities. And recently, he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer at a startup that is trying to develop low cost reliable space rockets. In our conversation, we discuss: What attracted him to Materials Engineering. How he began work with laser diodes. His early life goals - feed Africa, go to space, be an entrepreneur. How he turned down his first job offer to go to Kenya... and how he got the job when he came back. What kind of work he did in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Key skills needed to be an effective process engineer. How he developed his fearlessness and learned to give up control. The benefits of working at a startup as a young engineer. The importance of communication and interpersonal skills. Building relationships with the technicians in your company. The transition from engineer to business owner. And much more... Selected Links from the Show: California Polytechnic State University College of Engineering homepage. SORAA LED lamp manufacturer homepage. Project 41 Non Profit homepage. Assist International non profit homepage. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenge. Reach out to Drew Felker via LinkedIn. Listen to it on iTunes. Stream below or by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. Already heard it once or twice? Please leave a short review here. Discussion timestamps: 4:02 - Intro 4:57 - Why Drew studied Engineering? Materials engineering? 6:16 - Career vision in college / early exposure to laser diodes / life goals. 7:54 - Turning down a job offer to go to Africa / taking risks. 10:00 - Volunteer work in Kenya with Assist International. 12:47 - Takeaways from volunteering in Africa: fearlessness, accepting the situation. 14:20 - Advice for those thinking about volunteering in far away countries. 15:58 - First job at SORAA as a process engineer - responsibilities and projects. 18:37 - Skill sets for success. Getting a lab research position in college. 20:28 - Developing communication skills. 23:04 - Working closely with the employees on the factory floor and the technicians. 26:20 - A little about TruTech energy. 27:04 - Pros and cons of engineering as a foundation for entrepreneurship. 30:44 - New Frontier Aerospace - a look at Drew's latest venture. 32:12 - What excites Drew about space. 33:19 - Project 41 mission. 35:13 - Using old pool pumps and bicycles to pump water. 36:43 - Getting things done. 37:59 - Future technologies that excite Drew. 39:48 - Message to future engineers. Shout out to Cal Poly Solar Decathlon team. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ23VWCqfgs   The post #004: LED Engineer / Entrepreneur – Drew Felker appeared first on Engineering Insights Podcast.