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I’m not here to talk about: 

I’m not here to talk about SPACE

I’m going to talk about: 

I’m going to talk about ENGINEERING

Who would want to be an Engineer?: 

Who would want to be an Engineer?

Engineering is for NERDS: 

Engineering is for NERDS Recognize anyone? Discuss

Math is BORING: 

Math is BORING

Fourier Transforms : 

Fourier Transforms

I don’t want to get stuck with a Goofy Career: 

I don’t want to get stuck with a Goofy Career

I’m not sure I’d like driving a train: 

I’m not sure I’d like driving a train Noun engineer (plural engineers) A person who is qualified or professionally engaged in any branch of engineering. A person who, given a problem and a specific set of goals and constraints, finds a technical solution to the problem that satisfies those goals within those constraints. The goals and constraints may be technical, social, or business related. (formerly) A person who operates an engine (such as a locomotive).

There aren’t many Job choices: 

There aren’t many Job choices



Engineering isn’t Glamorous: 

Engineering isn’t Glamorous Cruella De Vil

Reactor Core: 

Reactor Core

ILL Research Reactor Grenoble, France: 

ILL Research Reactor Grenoble, France

Cherenkov radiation: 

Cherenkov radiation Cherenkov radiation is electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle passes through an insulator at a speed greater than the speed of light in that medium. The characteristic "blue glow" of nuclear reactors is due to Cherenkov radiation. It is named after Soviet scientist Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov, the 1958 Nobel Prize winner who was the first to rigorously characterize it. While relativity holds that the speed of light in a vacuum is a universal constant (c), the speed of light in a material may be significantly less than c. For example, the speed of light in water is only 0.75c. Matter can be accelerated beyond this speed during nuclear reactions and in particle accelerators. Cherenkov radiation results when a charged particle, most commonly an electron, exceeds the speed of light in a dielectric (electrically insulating) medium through which it passes. Moreover, the velocity of light that must be exceeded is the phase velocity rather than the group velocity. The phase velocity can be altered dramatically by employing a periodic medium, and in that case one can even achieve Cherenkov radiation with no minimum particle velocity — a phenomenon known as the Smith-Purcell effect. In a more complex periodic medium, such as a photonic crystal, one can also obtain a variety of other anomalous Cherenkov effects, such as radiation in a backwards direction (whereas ordinary Cherenkov radiation forms an acute angle with the particle velocity). As a charged particle travels, it disrupts the local electromagnetic field (EM) in its medium. Electrons in the atoms of the medium will be displaced and polarized by the passing EM field of a charged particle. Photons are emitted as an insulator's electrons restore themselves to equilibrium after the disruption has passed. (In a conductor, the EM disruption can be restored without emitting a photon.) In normal circumstances, these photons destructively interfere with each other and no radiation is detected. However, when the disruption travels faster than the photons themselves travel, the photons constructively interfere and intensify the observed radiation. A common analogy is the sonic boom of a supersonic aircraft or bullet. The sound waves generated by the supersonic body do not move fast enough to get out of the way of the body itself. Hence, the waves "stack up" and form a shock front. Similarly, a speed boat generates a large bow shock because it travels faster than waves can move on the surface of the water. In the same way, a superluminal charged particle generates a photonic shockwave as it travels through an insulator. In the figure, v is the velocity of the particle (red arrow), β; is v/c, n is the refractive index of the medium. The blue arrows are photons. So:


Cherenkov radiation

Nuclear Spacecraft Propulsion: 

Nuclear Spacecraft Propulsion

Engineering Achievements: 

Engineering Achievements

Quebec Bridge 1907: 

It took only fifteen seconds for the massive south arm of the Quebec Bridge to fall into the St. Lawrence River in 1907, but the prelude to the catastrophe began years before. Quebec Bridge 1907

TNB Ride: 

TNB Ride

Mass & Frequency: 

Mass & Frequency

Energy Absorber: 

Energy Absorber

San Francisco Bay Bridge Ride: 

San Francisco Bay Bridge Ride

Tacoma Narrows Bridge: 


Inventions and Patents: 

Inventions and Patents What’s the difference ? Why invent ? Why get a patent ?

Insomniac Helmet US Patent Issued In 1992 : 

Insomniac Helmet US Patent Issued In 1992

Horse Diaper US Patent Issued In 1998 : 

Horse Diaper US Patent Issued In 1998

Postage Meter: 

Postage Meter

Jarvik-7 : 

Jarvik-7 Dr. Jack G. Copeland implanted this Jarvik-7 heart in Michael Drummond on August 29, 1985. Drummond lived with the Jarvik-7 for a week before an organ transplant. It was the first authorized use of an artificial heart as a bridge to organ transplantation. Robert Jarvik, MD is widely known as the inventor of the first successful permanent artificial heart, the Jarvik 7. In 1982, the first implantation of the Jarvik 7 in patient Barney Clark caught the attention of media around the world.

RR Jet Engine: 

RR Jet Engine

Paper Yamaha: 

Paper Yamaha

So, why be an Engineer?: 

So, why be an Engineer?

MACS Overview: 

MACS Overview

MACS Flyover: 

MACS Flyover

MACS & Collin: 

MACS & Collin

Emission & Absorption: 

Emission & Absorption

20 DXALs: 

20 DXALs

DXAL Movie: 

DXAL Movie

Plasma Cutting: 

Plasma cutting is a process used to cut steel and other metals (or sometimes other materials) using a plasma torch. In this process, an inert gas (in some units, compressed air) is blown at high speed out of a nozzle; at the same time an electrical arc is formed through that gas from the nozzle to the surface being cut, turning some of that gas to plasma. This plasma is sufficiently hot to melt the metal and moving sufficiently fast to blow molten metal away from the cut. The result is very much like cutting butter with a hot jet of air. The torch uses a two cycle approach to producing plasma. First, a high-voltage, low current circuit is used to initialize a very small high intensity spark within the torch body, thereby generating a small pocket of plasma gas. This is referred to as the pilot arc. The now conductive plasma contacts the workpiece, which is the anode. The plasma completes the circuit between the electrode and the workpiece, and the low voltage, high current now conducts. If the plasma cutter uses a high frequency/high voltage starting circuit, the circuit is usually turned off to avoid excessive consumable wear. The plasma, which is maintained between the workpiece and electrode, travels at over 15,000 km/h (over twelve times the speed of sound of the ambient air). Plasma is an effective means of cutting thin and thick materials alike. Handheld torches can usually cut up to 1/2 in (13 mm) thick steel plate, and stronger computer-controlled torches can pierce and cut steel up to 12 inches (300 mm) thick. Formerly, plasma cutters could only work on conductive materials, however new technologies allow the plasma ignition arc to be enclosed within the nozzle thus allowing the cutter to be used for non-conductive workpieces. Plasma cutters produce a very hot and very localized 'cone' to cut with. Because of this, they are extremely useful for cutting sheet metal in curved or angled shapes. Plasma torches were quite expensive, usually at least a thousand U.S. dollars. For this reason they were usually only found in professional welding shops and very well-stocked private garages and shops. However, modern plasma torches are becoming cheaper, and now are within the price range of many hobbyists. Older units may be very heavy, but still portable, while some newer ones with inverter technology weigh only a few pounds yet equal or exceed the capacities of older ones. Plasma Cutting

Primary Ingredients: 

Primary Ingredients Curiosity Persistence Patience

Essential Ethical Ingredients: 

Essential Ethical Ingredients Cooperation Respect the Work of Others Listen Carefully (and take notes) Become a Reliable Source

OUT of the Blue: 

none of this was planned OUT of the Blue




JWST Project Information JWST Project Overview


JWST Project Information JWST Project Overview


JWST Project Information ISIM System Overview


JWST Project Information ISIM System Overview


ISIM Structure Information SDR4 Structure


ISIM Structure SJ 100 & SJ108 5 Prong Fitting 200 mm (7.87in.) Reference Cube PG Cube Titanium Plate Slide 1 JWST ISIM Timothy D. Pike, P.E. 03-08-07 +V2 +V3 +V1


200 mm (7.87in.) Reference Cube Slide 6 Modified Fitting (teal) Front View Normal To Deck 2 Deck 4 Show overall dims


Slide 7 Final Configuration SJ 100 & SJ108 5 Prong Fitting



Do What You Love: 

the money will follow Do What You Love

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