October 12, 2004

The Descriptors of a Successfull and Creative Engineer

Skills for Success:

Interpersonal Skills

Communication Skills

Leadership

Competence

Logical Thinking

Quantitative Thinking

Follow-through

Continuing Education

Maintaining a Professional Library

Dependability

Honesty

Organisation

Common Sense

Curiosity

Involvement in the Community

Skills for Creativity:

Persistence (‘Stick-to-it-iveness’)

Questioning (‘Asks Why’)

Never Satisfied

Learns from Accidents

Makes Analogies

Generalises

Develops Qualitative & Quantitative Understanding

Good Visualisation Skills

Good Drawing Skills

Unbounded Thinking

Broad Interests

Collects Obscure Information

Works with Nature

Keeps an engineering ‘toolbox’

(the above traits are extracted from Holtzapple, M.T. & Reece, W.T., “Foundations of Engineering”, 2nd ed., McGraw-Hill, 2003, pages 24-30)


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