My Annual Comments Encouraging More Personal Interaction

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Many engineers prefer to be “left to their own devices,” as the old saying goes. But sometimes you need to get away from those devices, instruments and computers, and get some face time with other engineers, instructors, mentors—and maybe even the sales and marketing staff. Personal contact is a basic human need. Some people need a lot, some less so—I keep returning to this subject to remind us all that interaction is needed at some level! It’s also practical. While written information is highly valuable, there is always more to learn from unwritten verbal communication, not to mention the back-and-forth brainstorming that happens when engineers get to talking about their current design challenge—or, as in my case, any interesting technical topic. Also, the classroom environment is high on my list of important face-to-face learning pportunities.