“Growth Hacking” in Engineering

The term “growth hacking” was introduced to me a few months back by an older post on the Sean Ellis’ blog “Startup Marketing” called Find a Growth Hacker for your Startup. After reading through it again, I’m finding that most companies I’ve dealt with are lacking a “growth hacker” in their engineering department. This is the person … Continue reading

Last Week at Work – A Quick Review of Accomplishments

Well, today is the first day of the last week at my current job. I’m currently the lead motion control engineer for an international company dealing in capital equipment with price points well above $10 million. It’s a decent gig where I felt like I did a lot of good, but the company is in dire straights … Continue reading

“Across the Board Cost Reduction” Done the Right Way

One of the best cost reductions you can perform is improving the efficiency of your engineering workforce. Engineers are a fixed or growing cost investment which makes their maximum utilization much more valuable than cost reducing a motion controller that might decrease reliability or performance, especially in low-volume capital equipment sales. Leverage your best resources … Continue reading

Where Does Mechatronics Fit?

I’ve worked for companies that put mechatronics and motion control engineering under electrical engineer management and I’ve worked for a company that put it under mechanical engineering management. So, what’s the right answer? Well, neither, frankly. Mechatronics is the electrical control of mechanical systems. An electrical engineering manager is unlikely to appreciate the time loss associated with … Continue reading