Alexander Slocum, MIT Mechanical Engineering Professor | How to Determine if an Idea is Worth Pursuing
How to determine if an idea is worth pursuing? In this episode, we talk about how to tinker and proactivity hacks, how to achieve work-life balance, how to monetize your mechanical design ideas, and lastly, how to manage mechanical design engineers and designers.
Our guest, Alexander Slocum is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. He is one of the authorities in the realm of mechanical design. Prof. Slocum authored two books on machine design: Precision Machine Design, and FUNdaMENTALs of Design, and published more than 150 papers and has 130+ issued patents.
Professor Slocum regularly works with companies on the development of new products. Moreover, he’s a part of a team that developed 11 products that have been awarded R&D 100 awards.
To add to his credentials, he is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Interestingly, he was the assistant director for advanced manufacturing in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2013.
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