Messy Science

There is a tremendous amount of unrest caused by the release of hacked emails from the University of East Anglia. I had never heard of this University prior to this event, but I sure know ...

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Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

On November 6, David Munson, Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan, gave a strategic speech to all advisory boards of the College, comprising well over 100 industry leaders and alums, outlining strategic emphases ...

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Real-Life Experiences

In every meeting on education and teaching somebody gets up and talks about the tremendous importance of “real-life experiences”. It is obvious from most of these statements and presentations that these experiences are few and ...

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Deep Motivation

The amazing achievements of entrepreneurs are fueled by a motivation often unmatched in others, but the deep underlying source for that motivation is highly variable. Interestingly enough, the prime motivation for entrepreneurs is almost never ...

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Asking the Right Questions

It is very instructive to listen to people and especially to the questions they ask when they are trying to understand a new challenge or solve a problem. Different people ask very different questions, leading ...

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Communicating Research Progress and Challenges

Research institutions, such as the University of Michigan, generally underestimate the necessity to communicate their progress and their challenges they are encountering. I remember discussions with colleagues as a graduate student. “Why do we have ...

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