November 13th, 2006

About the Comments

When you comment on one of our posts (and we hope you will!), you will probably notice a few differences from other blogs. Engineering Science uses an off-the-shelf blogging system (hats off to the Mephisto team), but, being a compulsive software guy, I have souped it up a bit. Peter and I want Engineering Science … read more


November 10th, 2006

Introducing… You

Peter and I have a lot of interesting topic ideas for the months ahead. But we want to make sure that we write about things that you are interested in. Leave us a comment, introduce yourself, and tell us what aspects of science and engineering careers and training do you want to discuss!


November 9th, 2006

Introducing Peter

After meeting with a wonderful career counselor at my university (Dr. Al Levin), I realized that the issues I was struggling with were common throughout graduate school: What are my career options at this point? How can I find a fulfilling career that I will love? Did I waste my time doing a PhD? Al … read more


November 9th, 2006

Introducing Geoff

I started grad school in 1989. I had a lot of company: in the late 80’s, the NSF kicked off a push to prevent a huge shortfall of scientists and engineers that they predicted would soon arise. I got my PhD in 1994, and believe me, there was no such shortfall. I was one of … read more


November 9th, 2006

What’s with the name “Engineering Science”?

Peter and I (and hopefully you) share a belief that the current manner in which new scientists and engineers are trained leaves room for improvement. But what, exactly, needs to be done? There is no shortage of ideas for ways to “fix” things. Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of working … read more


November 9th, 2006

In the beginning…

Hello everyone, welcome to Engineering Science. 14 years ago, a young scientists named Kevin Aylesworth started a listserve called the Young Scientist’s Network to open up a dialog among young scientists concerned about the science job market. Kevin was frustrated and angry with a system of PhD production that seemed not only to be totally … read more