Engineers typically take many years to learn the tricks of the trade. Experience is of course the best instructor but it is also a slow process. This presentation is not a shortcut to success but it does give the essential pointers to speed up the process.
What does it take to become a great engineer? How did Thomas Edison ever manage to design and patent more than a thousand inventions? Does one have to be born a talented engineer? Or as Edison put it, is it enough to simply work hard to achieve success? Are there patterns in engineering creativity and innovation? These questions and more will be answered in this presentation. The basic premise is that anyone can become a great engineer. There is indeed a secret formula for success except that this is no longer a secret. The lives and achievements of great engineers serve as guiding lights from which all modern day engineers can benefit. This presentation distils the experiences of great engineers the world has known.
Though meant for engineers with an experience of three years or less, more experienced engineers are also likely to benefit from the many real-world examples used throughout the presentation. Examples used in this presentation range from speech coding to turbo codes, from telegraphy to 2G, from Ohm's Law to iPods.