Thank you veterans

Veteran's Day 2011

I am not an Engineer…clearly.  I don’t know the difference between an H-Bridge and the Hawthorne Bridge. I generally have no understanding of electronic engineering methodology, but when I see designs and finished products, I’m captivated by the visual splendor and complexity of purpose in the work.  It took months for me to recognize that a BOM didn’t mean a “bomb.” Perhaps the engineers were designing a secret astonishing something for the DOD, although the customer didn’t seem to be involved in the defense industry. Who knew?

My job at Stilwell Baker entails interacting with many of these rare enigmatic human beings we call electronic engineers, and translating their good works into meaningful material for sales, marketing, and public relations.  Wading into this complicated, component rich, sub-assembly soup at Stilwell Baker, I have been savoring the idiosyncratic nature of electronic engineering and its adherents. Electronic engineers are more than the work they produce; among Stilwell Baker’s engineers are several veterans, a composer, a ski instructor, a missionary, wine connoisseurs, chocolate lovers, and inventors who all live and work in the Great Pacific Northwest.

In the coming months, you’ll be hearing from our engineers in Electronic Nature.  I hope you enjoy reading the blog, and look forward to your comments on the unique perspectives on engineering and everyday life you’ll find here. More often than not, I will be clueless when the engineers lapse into technical speak, but as usual, I’ll ask them to explain…one more time.