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The Being An Engineer podcast is a central repository in which we collect and share industry knowledge & best practices associated with the discipline of engineering. We hope that engineers throughout the world will benefit from this content as they connect with the companies, technologies, people, resources, and opportunities that are relevant to their engineering or engineering-adjacent roles. Contact us at info@teampipeline.us. Intro and Outro music by John Martell
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Russell, Alex, and Dylan all love science, and they all love comedy. Hence, Science! The Show was born. They’ve been promoting scientific literacy for over three years now through their show, sharing subject matter from dark matter to cognitive psychology. Check out their Facebook page for links to videos on YouTube and other information about their show.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical & other device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
Robert grew up thinking he wasn’t any good at math. He would do anything to avoid further exposure to mathematics curriculum from grade school all the way through high school. Then one professor drew a picture, paired it with y=x^2, and changed everything for Robert. In the course of a few weeks he began truly understanding math for the first time, and decided he could, in fact, become an engineer (which, aside from the math, had been the obvious career choice for him ever since he was young). These days, not only is Robert an engineer, but runs his own business (Epsilon Laboratory) helping engineering teams solve measurement problems as relates to load cells and strain gauges. And doing some math here and there. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical & other device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
I first found James on his personal website and immediately realized this is an engineer who truly loves design. Why else would one spend the countless hours of personal time required to design one’s own, teenage mutant ninja turtle action figures, GameBoy cartridge cases, and, of course, the infamous Robo kitty. A few years ago I invited James to lunch and we’ve kept in touch ever since. James shares some great tips for design, and how to get noticed in this episode of the BAE podcast. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical & other device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
Nate has a disarming way about him. You’ll hear it in the interview. It’s a big part of why he has been able to create such a safe environment for his team to operate in, both from a physical standpoint as well as a psychological standpoint. From his role as a new product introduction manager to his side hustle handmaking artisanal cutlery at Blue Collar Blades, the care and attention he gives to his activities is inspirational and exemplary of what a genuine leader should be. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
Guna has worked in academia for over 30 years. Though not always a popular topic within the academic community, Guna has pushed for curriculum that includes more relevant learning objectives, often drawing from feedback from professionals working in industry for inspiration. Having worked in industry himself before beginning his academic career, Guna understands the importance for engineering students not only of learning the technical skills, but also laying a sturdy foundation of soft skills. As Guna says, it is often the soft skills that separate the good engineers from the great engineers.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical & other device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us. 
Tracy is a Flight Systems Engineer working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Over her 20-year career, she has helped to develop, test and operate a variety of robotic spacecraft to explore our Solar System. A life-long learner herself, she loves encouraging people of all ages to nurture their curiosity and explore the wonders that are all around us every day.Update - Tracy asked me to include this quick correction to the podcast: you can see the lines and darkened areas on Europa clipper in natural color images, not just the false color ones that have enhanced contrast. To see example images side by side, click this link for an image from NASA’s Galileo Gallery. The Being An Engineer podcast (not affiliated with or endorsed by NASA) is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical & other device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
I.T. grew up in Nigeria solving problems such as having to plan for getting water, and only having access to electricity during certain times of the day. Coupled with a rigorous educational system, it’s no wonder this environment helped him become the insightful problem solver (engineer) we hear from on this episode. From fixing broken fuses in TVs to qualifying process performance, his methodical approach to solving problems is one our entire community can learn from. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
Phnam grew up in France, became an industrial designer, and eventually moved to the United States to pursue her career. She is a designer in the truest sense, having a mastery over topics such as color, material, form, & texture. What makes her so valuable to product & engineering teams, though, is not simply her mastery over these subjects, but her ability to understand the technical side (DFM, packaging, etc) of design as well as the artistic side. Phnam also produces her own podcast called Future Future, and is cofounder of the design consultancy Nonfiction.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
Six months after graduating with his degree in industrial design Ryan Eder entered his senior thesis project, a novel piece of fitness equipment, into the International Design Excellence competition, along with 1700 other entries from 35 countries. And then he won. That begun the journey that has taken him (and his company IncludeHealth) from a beautifully designed piece of hardware into what has become equipment-agnostic software which lowers the barrier for entry into fitness. Hear his full story on this episode, and learn how he has been able to understand his customers’ problems so viscerally that they became emotional when using it for the first time. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us.  
Over his 40 year tenure working at Battelle, Bill has worked on a multitude of different projects, been named on dozens of patents, and developed skills using a wealth of design tools. In the process he has been named inventor of the year (2013) and a Battelle Distinguished Inventor. Join us during our conversation as we discuss what one learns working 40 years at the same company, the importance of process, and how to mentor young engineers.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us. 
Liz may have ended up an interior designer had it not been for a suggestion from her high school math teacher that she check out engineering, which has ended up being a perfect fit for her personality and innate skills. Join us as we talk about a wide range of subjects from how animal testing lead her to becoming a vegetarian to the most important skills for engineers and many topics in between. Also, check out Liz’s book “Engineer Pants” about engineering from the female perspective. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.teampipeline.us. 
Work/life balance is a big topic these days, and for good reason. We need balance in our lives. However, can this focus sometimes obscure the fact that sometimes we just need to put in the hours and get things done, even if it’s after 5pm? Paxson Matthews demonstrates this ethic especially well as he shares his background with us, including how he coped with and has found solutions to losing his hearing at the age of 19. He then earned an engineering degree, went on to work for a large medical device company, and eventually decided to branch out on his own as a freelancer. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at https://teampipeline.us 
Darin has been an application engineer supporting SolidWorks users since 1997, and as a result has a plethora of experience and practical tips for using the software. He is also a prolific content creator who has found innovative ways of not only showcasing the value of the software, but how it can be implemented in users personal lives, as well. After his company was acquired by GoEngineer in 2019 he has also developed a deep appreciation for the ways in which GoEngineer has cultivated a work environment that is, in Darin’s words, “the most fun I’ve ever had in this ‘job’ ”. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at https://teampipeline.us
Mike has over 30 years of experience working as an engineer and in technical fields. He has held roles from technician to engineer to CEO and brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to share with us on the show. Among the insights he shares in this episode are how to build a successful engineering team, why attitude counts as much as anything else in product development, and the differences between a financially successful product vs a “human” successful product. Learn more about Mike and how he can help your team on his website: https://mlreoconsulting.com/The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at https://teampipeline.us
Callye Keen helps physical product companies grow through strategy, design, and manufacturing in his company, RedBlueCollective (https://www.redbluecollective.com/). Golden nugget #1: Train your eye to see opportunity by starting something. Golden nugget #2: To be the best engineer, work at a machine shop or a manufacturing company for at least a summer. Two books for technical people to read: “Story Brand” by Donald Miller“Expert Secrets” by Russell BrunsonCally’s podcast, “End Hype”: https://www.redbluecollective.com/blog/Interviewed by Rafael Testai.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at https://teampipeline.us
Barbara earned a degree in chemical engineering then learned she found manufacturing and design more interesting than chemicals. Beginning her career supervising a manufacturing team, she quickly learned the importance of humility when working with others, and developed a love for helping those on her team. She continues to develop professionals as she leads her team at Irwin & Associates. Join us in this episode as we hear how she found her dream job, then eventually bought the company, and how she continues to develop her team’s skills supporting medical device product companies while offering an incredible work life balance. The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.testfixturedesign.com and www.designtheproduct.com 
Elizabeth shares her unique perspective having worked at a “theory X” company prior to her 10+ years at Gore, and contrasts those experiences with the “theory Y” environment that has been intentionally developed at Gore. Learn about how the enterprise’s principles of supporting and building individuals has led to it success, and how these principles and processes can be implemented in other progressive companies looking for ways to improve their culture and performance.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.testfixturedesign.com and www.designtheproduct.com 
Matt shares his deep and valuable experience with us from testing pharmaceutical compounds and understanding the mechanics of the universe on an atomic level through implementing truly practical quality systems that help teams work more productively without weighing them down in paperwork and bureaucracy. Learn more about his work by visiting PSN’s website.The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at https://teampipeline.us
Like many great engineers, Blayne Roeder (pronounced like “raider”) grew up on a farm with a strong work ethic and in a culture that valued the ability to maintain (and sometimes build) your own equipment. Those skills helped Blayne quickly advance through a senior level engineering role and into multiple engineering director roles. Having provided guidance to hundreds of junior level engineers throughout his career, Blayne shares with us not only the skills that make great engineers, but skills that make great people. blayne_roeder@yahoo.comThe Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at https://teampipeline.us
Ryan Frederick has spent his career building software product companies and during this episode shares just a few insights he has learned over the years. Directly applicable to both software and hardware companies, listeners will find his instruction a valuable asset in their bag of development tools. Ryan has also written two books, one about starting a new company (The Founder’s Manual) and the other about managing a services company (Sell Naked).  The Being An Engineer podcast is brought to you by Pipeline Design & Engineering. Pipeline partners with medical device engineering teams who need turnkey equipment such as cycle test machines, custom test fixtures, automation equipment, assembly jigs, inspection stations and more. You can find us on the web at www.testfixturedesign.com and www.designtheproduct.com 
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