Thursday, June 5, 2008

Something from Everything for Everyone

The Dead Engineers Society started when Eric Jacob, a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) proposed a very inspiring idea to colleagues Josh Batterson and Tony Saad. The fact was that all of us had different but complementary skills in various subjects; yet, we can rarely spare enough time to learn a new topic from scratch. Eric's idea was to organize a series of informal lectures to share and expand our skills. So we went ahead and proposed a list of topics that we are willing to (freely) share as well as a list of "would like to learn" subjects.

My undergraduate advisor, Prof. Michel El Hayek used to tell me "Science is not personal", and our approach follows similar lines but expands it to include "literally" any kind of knowledge about anything (that we, as engineers, find useful for daily life operation).

Our dream is to see the Dead Engineers Society grow into an international organization and establish chapters on all campuses around the world.

"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle" - Khalil Gibran

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