PO Box 6603

Huntsville, AL 35813, USA

+1-256-970-1906

max@CliveMaxfield.com

Interviews with the Greats (and Me)

You rarely get to hear people of this caliber talk in this “fireside chat” manner, so I would advise younger engineers to take the time to listen to these industry luminaries.

Blog Sponsors

Support My Blog


A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about how my chum, Jaime Villela, is on a mission to Help Engineers Become Better Communicators. As part of this, Jaime is interviewing industry notables to see what thoughts they have to offer on this topic. For reasons unknown — it’s possible that all the good ones were busy — Jaime started with your humble narrator (see Interviewing Clive “Max” Maxfield). I fear he may have come to regret this decision because I have no problem communicating whatsoever. Much like my dear old mother, the real trick is to get us to stop communicating.
From left to right: Jack Ganssle, Bill Schweber, Adam Carlson, and Handsome Hulk (Click image to see a larger version)
Happily, since that time, Jaime has managed to corner some real engineering celebrities. First up was Bill Schweber, who has forgotten more about analog electronics that I ever knew, which means he hasn’t forgotten much because I never knew much about the wibbly-wobbly analog domain (see Interviewing Bill Schweber). Next came Jaime’s interview with Adam Carlson, who is that rarest of breed — a mechanical engineer who designs electronic and radio frequency (RF) systems. Just for giggles and grins, Adam is also an aerospace engineer who designs submarines. I don’t care what anyone says, you don’t tend to run into many engineers like Adam (see Interviewing Adam Carlson). Most recently, Jaime managed to interview the legendary Jack Ganssle. When you hear someone say that they’ve “been there and done that,” what they typically neglect to mention is that Jack “got there and did that” first. In addition to designing some of the very first embedded systems, Jack started three successful high-tech companies and is now on his own mission “to help embedded developers produce better products faster” (see An Embedded Life: Jack Ganssle). I know that there’s a lot of content out there, but it’s rare that you get to hear people of this caliber talk in this “fireside chat” manner, so I would advise younger engineers to take the time to listen to these industry luminaries (apart from my interview, of course, because that was absolute rubbish — I wouldn’t trust a word I said).

Blog Sponsors

Support My Blog

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
2 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Elizabeth

I’ll definitely have to check these out. The problem is finding the time to listen when I get home from work. This week I seem to have had all my periodic meetings occur on the same week wo I’m especially grumpy about it.

Blog Sponsors

Buy this space!

Recent Posts

Sticking a Finger in Big Brother’s Eye 

Just Call Me a Woodworking Fool 

But Where Should the LEDs Go? 

Kan Klive’s Karnaugh Maps Be Korrect? 

Measuring the Width of a Human Hair with a Laser 

Manual Required for Edison Model 35-A Ticker Tape Machine 

Tension Mounts as Sensor Smackdown Looms 

Meet the DrawBo Robotic Drawing Tutor 

I Can Do Anything Better Than You! 

Make Sure “Only” Knows Its Place 

  • LOGIN
  • REGISTER
LOGIN

Already a member? Login


Oops, forgot your password?

Please enter your username or email address.
You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

REGISTER
  • Name

  • Usernames cannot be changed.
  • Contact Info

  • About Yourself

  • Share a little biographical information to fill out your profile. This may be shown publicly.
  • Add or Edit GravatarYou can change your profile picture on Gravatar
  • Type your password.
  • Type your password again.

Edit Profile

You must be logged in to edit your profile.

2
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x