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20November 2023

The November Ethical Dilemma: Disclosure of Previous Work by a Consultant

November 20th, 2023|Categories: Ethical Dilemma|9 Comments

Engineer Mitch agrees to provide consulting services to RMF, Inc., in connection with the development of a new product for manufacture. He develops a preliminary report, which is approved, then develops the design for the product. Mitch and RMF, Inc., do not negotiate any terms in their agreement relating to the actual ownership of the design of the product.

6November 2023

The Rise and Fall of the Airbus A380: A Lesson for Professional Engineers

November 6th, 2023|Categories: Tuesday Tidbits|6 Comments

The A380 was designed to be a game-changer in the aviation industry. Boasting a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet configuration, it had a typical seating capacity of 555 passengers in a three-class configuration and could transport over 800 passengers in a denser configuration. The goal? Address the problem of congested airports and airspace by carrying more passengers per flight.

26October 2023

Lessons Learned: The 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse

October 26th, 2023|Categories: Friday Famous Failures|3 Comments

On November 18, 1999, the traditional Aggie Bonfire, an iconic annual event at Texas A&M University, suffered a devastating structural failure that led to the death of twelve people, while injuring twenty-seven. The Aggie Bonfire was more than a mere bonfire; it was a towering structure of log stacks reaching nearly sixty feet high, an emblem of Aggie spirit and camaraderie. The collapse, which occurred during construction, was a shocking tragedy that deeply affected the University and the broader community.

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