How to Determine if an Idea is Worth Pursuing – MIT Mechanical Engineering Professor, Alexander Slocum

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Alexander Slocum

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Alexander Slocum is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and is one of the authorities in the realm of mechanical design. He has written two books on machine design, Precision Machine Design and FUNdaMENTALs of Design (free download on, published more than 150 papers, and has 130+ issued patents. Alex regularly works with companies on the development of new products and has been significantly involved with the invention and development of 11 products that have been awarded R&D 100 awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was the assistant director for advanced manufacturing in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2013.

In this episode we discuss how to tinker, proactivity hacks, achieving work life balance, how to monetize your mechanical design ideas, managing mechanical design engineers and designers.

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