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

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Alexander Slocum

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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