The Entrepreneurial Engineer

Monday, May 28, 2007

Making WPE with philosophy

The 2007 Workshop on Philosophy & Engineering (WPE-2007) has issued its call for papers here. The workshop will be held at TUDelft, October 29-31, 2007 (Monday-Wednesday). Extended abstracts (1-2 pages) are due 17 August 2007.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Module 2 for Creative Modeling for Tech Visionaries Online

Module 2, What is Creativity?, is available for viewing in powerpoint form below. This module discusses different definitions and theories of creativity.

See the course web site here. Other ppts are available at my slideshare account here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Billion Bits or Bust

Kumara Sastry and I will be giving the presentation A Billion Bits or Bust at the NCSA industrial partners meeting in about half and hour.

Here is the ppt slideshow in for your viewing enjoyment.

Monday, May 21, 2007

ShareThis 3rd AbbeGirl video is up

Watch it here.

Sign up for the ShareThis ubiquitous sharing tool here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Engineering losing global battle

According to Orthstar CEO, James Orsillo, in the Elmira, NY Star-Gazette here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pride, passion & joy of engineering

The long version of this talk (The Joy of Engineering) is one of my favorites to give and it is usually well received. It starts with two historical inversions (with science & business) that place engineers in secondary roles when, in fact, engineering has been key innovation force throughout human history.

Scroll through these slides and let me know what you think.

Ycombinator bootcamp for young ventures

Here's a bootcamp for venture companies called Ycombinator. Sounds like the right way to go for very early stage ventures.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Genetic algorithm course intro lecture available

The introductory lecture from my course Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning is presented in ppt viewer below. The course web site is available here.

See the full syllabus here.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Design of Innovation intro in ppt viewer

The introductory module of a short course The Design of Innovation is available below in a slideshare viewer:

Look at course web site (here) or the google book web site (here) for further information.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Engineering for the 21st century

The powerpoint slides for the opening lecture to my course on The Entrepreneurial Engineer has been uploaded to and is available below for viewing. The course site is here, and the book site is here.

University tech xfer is hard

Rob Schultz explains some of the reasons why here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Latest sharethis abbegirl "punk" video is rad

Rad? Check it.

ShareThis group on Facebook

The Ohio State University interns working for Nextumi have started a ShareThis group (here). It has 222 members as of today.

Creative modeling course intro

A powerpoint viewer from the introductory lecture to my course, Creative Modeling for Tech Visionaries is presented below. See the course web site (here) for more information.

Sharethis makes top-11 list

of IE Explorer add-ons over at In fact, Sharethis is no. 3 (see here).

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

IP-CC talk on 3 lessons of philosophy for creative design

Ian Parmee held a meeting of his Institute on People-Centred Computation in Bristol last week. I gave a talk on 3 lessons of ancient and modern philosophy for creative people-centered design. The talk is embedded below using slideshare.

UWE talk on creativity in the engineering curriculum

I gave a talk at the University of the West of England (UWE) last week on injecting creativity into the engineering curriculum. See the presentation below (posted on The talk argues that we are still trying to make do with an engineering curriculum crafted by the demands of post World-War II era and the cold war, and that our fast-paced, human-centered times demand a greater emphasis on human concerns, creativity, and entrepreneurship.