[Beowulf] Re: about clusters in high schools

James Cownie jcownie at cantab.net
Sun Jan 29 16:31:05 EST 2006


On 28 Jan 2006, at 03:37, Andrew Piskorski wrote:
>
> A whole CLASS on "team work" or "presentation skills"?  As fundamental
> to an ENGINEERING curriculum?  God save us...  Or rather, let's hope
> all the engineers we import from India and China save us - from faulty
> automobiles, process plant disasters, collapsing bridges, etc. etc.
>

A whole class may be more than is necessary, but the inability of the  
Morton Thiokol engineers
to produce a convincing presentation of their results which made  
their concerns clear to their management
and also convinced NASA was a major contribution to the decision to  
launch Challenger...

So, some education in presentation skills seems worthwhile.

--
-- Jim
--
James Cownie <jcownie at cantab.net>


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