Guru Madhavan: Applied Minds: How Engineers Think



There is lots of good material organized in chapters Prologue Invisible bridges 1 Mixing and matching 2 Optimizing 3 Enhancing efficiency and reliability 4 Standardizing with flexibility 5 Solutions under constraints 6 Crossing over and adapting 7 Prototyping 8 Learning from others Fadeout A mindset for the multitudes At the end there is a long section Sources and resources Acknowledgments and a comprehensive IndexThe book is written in a very conversational style with lots of interesting anecdotes from istory such as the Rosie Ruiz fake marathoner story she took public transportation that l Contains some interesting Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, historical vignettes and a few worthwhile insights but on the whole meanders about the topic advertised in the title and most definitely fails to take anything like a systematic approach to the topic ofow engineers think It would Satria dari Negeri Tayli 1-28 have been very interesting to see even a systematic summary of that topic juxtaposed withow engineers might be adjusting or even transforming their ways of thinking in this era of possibly oversold I agree Agile methods and not oversold the Goethean Science high and ever increasing rate of of change in pace scale and scope in so many areas that reuire solid engineering thinking to keep pace or at least cope I am always thrilled in a particular kind of way when I read a book about a subject I never imagined I d be interested in I m delighted when I m seduced by the writing engaged by the ideas and especially find myself thinking Hmmm I never thought about That in this way before Applied Minds How Engineers Think is that kind of book full of revelations and aha moments I don t often pause to think about the people who design bridges or sewer systems or a multitude of other structures and systems that we depend on every day And I ve never considered the mental processes involved in coming up with designs that must address so many details and important considerations The stories in Applied Minds are compelling intriguing and often moving Guru Madhavan knows that telling stories is a great way to engage a broad readership ande is a wonderful storyteller I particularly liked the chapter called Learning from Others with its unusual examples of Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! how outside the box thinkers who are open to connecting unconventional dots get their inspiration Madhavan says an engineer s mind is an inference engine taking clues from nature and from other non engineers and applying them to their work The we can break down silos talk to and learn from others the better off we ll all be Applied Minds encourages us all to be curious and to ask those basic uestions whyow what if to see where that leads This is a book for all of us and also one I Digital Crossroads hope all engineering students and their professors will read and discuss Its just anecdotal Good description of field of engineering but seems relevant as an introduction of the engineering thought to Non Engineers through stories uiet fluent and comfortable rather than for an existing engineer expecting to learn any thing new about the engineering thought process. Winner IEEE USA Award for DistinguishedLiterary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement ofthe Engineering ProfessionWinner American Society of Engineering Education Technological and Engineering LiteracyPhilosophy of Engineering Division Meritorious Award Engineers are titans of real world problem solving In this riveting study ofow they think Guru Madhavan puts behind the scenes geniuses center stage― NatureDubais Burj Khalifa―the worlds tallest building―looks nothing like Microsofts Office Suite and digital surround sound doesnt work like a citywide telecommunication grid Yet these.

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Ue are the lessons e as learned from this material as well as The Einstein Theory of Relativity his determination to prepare those who readis book to create their own suites of possibilities that offer new choices conveniences and comforts and How to Negotiate Your First Job help others to do so With all due respect to the importance of aigher standard of living we need even a igher uality of life We don t need a world filled with engineers but we could certainly benefit from a world in which everyone can think like one whenever necessary The central thesis of Applied Minds is that engineers ave a mindset that enables them to turn problems into opportunities The mindset is not simply defined so the author supports Perfect Justice (Ben Kencaid, his thesis through a wide range of case studiesEngineers do not becomeousehold names public recognition usually goes to the scientist who makes a fundamental discovery It was fascinating to read about the people who created ATM machines UPC bar codes laser scanners digital photography and mobile telephony The author provides insight into the origin of each technology and the problems that The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore had to be solved to bring the technology to fruition For example the inventor of the first ATM first conceived of a machine to dispense chocolate bars before focusing on cash Laser scanners used in supermarkets were originally developed to track the location of trains within the vast American railroad network There are some surprising examples ofow an engineering mindset was applied by creative people in the entertainment industry The author interviewed the living engineers profiled these first person recollections of their work add greatly to the narrative This book does much to dispel stereotypes of engineers The authors enthusiasm and passion shines through in Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber his writingIt was disappointing that the author didn t discuss the contributions of engineers to modern medicine apart from the first large scale production of penicillin in the 1940s Also it was surprising not to see any discussion of engineering contributions to space explorationTo summarize this book provides insights intoow engineers think and the amazing inventions that flow from the engineering mindset I New Exploration haven t come across a similar book yet If you are an aspiring or practicing engineer you will get something out of reading Applied Minds Book overall is uite thought provoking and well written Some chapters are definitely interesting than others This book does a good job of combiningistorical examples and linking them with common these such as synthesis of ideas and applying them to new situations bought on recommendation of barbara oakley author of a mind for numbers i was expecting a non self congratulatory oeuvre that is lightly sprinkled with insights and wisdom of applied minds but that is what this book is the book can be summarized in three sentences think in terms of structures and systems take into account constraints don t forget trade offs I like it the way it The Shaping of Western Civilization has been presented flowing non stop but with diversions suddenlyNo story is complete from readers angle and you get next idea. Om this process express the engineers answers to the fundamental uestions of design usefulness functionality reliability and user friendlinessThrough narratives and case studies spanning the brilliantistory of engineering Madhavan shows ow the concepts of prototyping efficiency reliability standards optimization and feedback are put to use in fields as diverse as transportation retail ealth care and entertainmentEual parts personal practical and profound Applied Minds charts a path to a future where we apply strategies borrowed from engineering to create useful and inspired solutions to our most pressing challenges.

A must read for engineers Gives lot of insight to The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles how an engineer should think and work Few people complete a formal education in engineering BS degree through a PhD degree but Guru Madhavan is convinced as am I that almost anyone can develop an engineer s mind set one that could create a significant competitive advantage for them Engineerselp create begin italics solution spaces end italics suites of possibilities that offer new choices conveniences and comforts that redefine our standard of living They Medicine and Religion have developed a mind set that guides and informs those effortsHoward Gardneras much of value to say about multiple intelligences that The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, have almost unlimited applications in what are often viewed as separate and begin italics unrelated end italics arts and sciences Mudhavan agrees with Gardner The engineering mind set can be applied successfully in every walk of life because its core elements structure constraints trade offs and its basic concepts including recombination optimization efficiency and prototyping are eually effective in finding solutions to nonengineering challenges We can see all these aspects converging clearly in the work of one of the most famous film directors of all time who studied andad a thorough grounding in engineering His early technical training Valentino had an important influence onis creations Madhavan points out that for Alfred Hitchcock everything e presented on screen was rooted in technical logic even creating a suspenseful cinematic moment the immediacy and very essence of the experience that would be thrilling and chilling movie audiences long before air conditioning Such effects are the result of both art and scienceThe Birds offers an excellent case in point The technical issues with the movie were prodigious Hitchcock said I mean films like Ben Hur and Cleopatra are child s play compared to this Madhavan notes that live birds ad to be trained for every shot and the aeorodynamic principles of gliders were applied to simulate fake bird movements Special wire works miniatures and gears were used to arrive at authentic looking shorts of the feathered actors a Hollywood version of robotics before computers Obviously the engineer s mind set can Shunned help to create suites of possibilities that offer new choices conveniences and comforts that redefine our standard of living It can guide and inform those efforts But there is aigher purpose to which Madhavan refers when suggesting that everyone is an engineer at some point in the way we design our destinies That s why it s the responsibility of not only engineers but just about everyone to share the future course of engineering which is entering an era of new eclecticism With a shared vision we can create better solution spaces convert random motions into progress and improve societal muscle strength to address the complexities of today and tomorrow Guru Madhavan provides an abundance of information insights and counsel in this volume from a scope and depth of sources and resources that reuire 39 pages to be cited Also of great val. Engineering feats ave much in common Applied Minds explores the uniue visions and mental tools of engineers to reveal the enormous―and often understated―influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities The resulting account pairs the innovators of modern istory―Thomas Edison the Wright brothers Steve Jobs―with everything from ATMs and the ZIP code system to the disposable diaperAn engineer Oba, the Last Samurai himself Guru Madhavan introduces a flexible intellectual tool kit called modular systems thinking ase explains the disciplines penchant for seeing structure where there is none The creations that result fr.