Two Satellites For The Price Of One

It wasn’t business as usual any longer, to hear Jim Peterka, talk about it. Peterka was tapped to lead the 720SP program at Boeing in early 2011 to...

The Internet Of Things Is Simpler Than You Think

As the cutting edge of semiconductor design may help our smartphones diagnose our health in real-time, will connecting our refrigerators to the Internet of...

Learning From Hackers

Do-it-yourself types fly under most corporate radars, or at least they’re mischaracterized as tinkerers, post-end users or, worse, hackers. Epson has demonstrated that they...

Pushing The Boundardies Of Physics

Can you make it work? was the challenge Pratt & Whitney brought to Alcoa for a radically new engine design in 2009. What emerged...

Bean Bag Chairs Not Required

“When you come up with hundreds of little innovations, and do it regularly, it adds up to big changes,” said Gerry Smith, who is...

What Happens After You Get Money For Your Startup?

“I remember one story about someone who had a great idea for earphones and spent six months casting about in Shenzhen without figuring out...

Changing The Mission

Once the world economy started slowing in 2007,Textron changed how it approached innovation in order to bring new aircraft and helicopters to market quicker,...

Turning Experimentation Into Success

In early 2011, a development team from Caterpillar chanced on an opportunity to pitch its work on its first hybrid-electric excavator to potential customers...

Failure Isn’t An Option

Inventing better jet engines and elevators at United Technologies (“UTC”) is far more complex and time-consuming than, say, a weekend’s worth of hacking a...
Volvo

Volvo Dares To Stand For Something

Volvo has announced it will stop making cars powered by combustion-only engines by 2019. It's a shockingly smart, if somewhat risky strategy. The Swedish carmaker...