State of the Art

Fun in the Classroom

Author(s): Art Johnson
Fun in the Classroom 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Each class session is a different performance. Whether the instructor is at the top of his or her form or feeling very low that day, a mask must come over…

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Written Communications

Author(s): Art Johnson
Written Communications IEEE Pulse

No matter if an engineer did the best job in the world with a design, if the person responsible for the design cannot communicate the design effectively, then the design…

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GMO or OMG?

Author(s): Art Johnson
GMO or OMG? 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Just when it looked like there could be a breakthrough in the application of biotechnology to crops and food plants, a new wrinkle appeared in the form of a scientific…

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Adequate, Not Best

Author(s): Art Johnson
Adequate, Not Best 150 150 IEEE Pulse

What almost all students and many faculty members don’t realize is that engineering design/application solutions are rarely the best (or optimal). Indeed, most engineering solutions could probably be described as…

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Retirement Is Hell

Author(s): Art Johnson
Retirement Is Hell 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Kimmie Meissner was an Olympic figure skater from my home county in the state of Maryland. Figure skating had consumed both her days and aspirations throughout most of her young…

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The Shaming of the True

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Shaming of the True 150 150 IEEE Pulse

For a change of pace, I am presenting, here, “The Shaming of the True,” something I have given as a final examination in a graduate instrumentation systems course (ENBE 601).…

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To Have or to Do

Author(s): Art Johnson
To Have or to Do 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away…

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Black and White and Shades of Gray

Author(s): Art Johnson
Black and White and Shades of Gray 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The only thing I can’t do in excess is moderation. —Baxter Black “Moderation in all things” is a popular saying that many of us have heard all our lives. Still,…

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Working from the Inside Out

Author(s): Art Johnson
Working from the Inside Out 150 150 IEEE Pulse

Emily Schosid wanted to learn about sustainability, so she joined a small community called Lama in the mountains of rural New Mexico [1]. Lama is a spiritual community, an educational…

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