Design Con 2015

patrick.mannion

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VP/Brand Director, UBM Tech, Electronics

Hi, I'm brand director for UBM Tech, Electronics, including EETimes, EDN, Planet Analog, EBN, Embedded, TechOnline, & Datasheets.com, where I'm responsible for ensuring the brands remain true to their promise to the communities they serve, both sponsors and members/users. Since graduating with an National Diploma in Electronic Engineering in 1987 (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland), I've been either doing or covering technology, design, and learning and have a passion for developing ideas, content and platforms that help engineers and innovators connect and get from concept to reality as quickly as possible -- and have a little fun in the process. When not thinking about that, I like to explore the boundaries of my wife's patience and tease my two little ones til they cry 'uncle' and can't take it anymore. That makes business travel a lot more attractive for everyone involved. I also like running, lots of music, reading (philosophy, biographies, mostly), hiking, home improvement (technology and reconstruction), playing with media, and gadgets.


patrick.mannion

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  • 09.05.2014
  • Engineer sayings
  • "....keep up or die." Love that one: had me literally laughing out loud in a public space here.:)
  • 01.23.2014
  • Funniest schematic ever
  • Is this really this really the funniest one ever? Maybe, but I think EDN's community - you guys - can do better. How about a friendly competition? Send in your own version, but with two categories: 1: Just plain fun and crazy like this one 2: Translate or a explain a real-life situation using a circuit diagram (I sometimes find myself doing that almost by accident - albeit a primitive cct diagram:)) I have 15 sets of noise-cancelling headphones to give out to the ones sent in and posted by, say, Friday of next week. Suzanne, what do you think? Make this part of this week's Fun Friday??? PS: Marian, I'm surprised they didn't add an upside-down cross somewhere for that final touch!:)
  • 11.30.2013
  • Finally, a practical approach to space
  • Hey John, Steve, this whole concept reminds of the William Gibson-coined term in Neuromancer of being "Jacked In'. Until I read this I was of the mind that exploration of the brain would be more beneficial to us vs exploration of space, but now I see the potential of combining two and I'm really excited. I can see a full-immersion, completely symbiotic man-machine interface that can help us explore the depths of earth and space. Thanks for posting!
  • 09.30.2013
  • Thixotropy
  • Thixotropy. I had no idea what that was, so I had to click on the article. It was worth it. Thanks John (again)! PS: If this conversation goes any further, we'll have merchandise manufacturers all over us for propagating work-arounds to RF tags:)
  • 05.08.2013
  • Coming up short
  • With all the assumptions made in the design process, it's scary to think we can't rightly assume a ruler is the correct length! Great story John!:)
  • 08.06.2013
  • Do LEDs cause blindness?
  • This has got to stand tall as one of the most bogus, headline-grabbing stories/reports as I've read in a long time. At this point, I'd suggest to not take is seriously. Have some fun at the professor's and the author's expense.
  • 08.09.2013
  • The top 10 reasons for the US to return to space exploration
  • Hey Steve, the development of technologies derived from research required to get us into space is clear, as is the need to commercialize them per the Ames program. However, of the reasons you outline, only one, identifying more sources for Helium 3 for fusion, can be seen as a direct benefit from being 'out there'. The case for going even further out there can be made stronger through more examples of direct benefits, vs side benefits (ie: the research & technologies required to get us there). Need some more of those: anyone have some to make the case stronger?
  • 06.05.2013
  • There’s a high probability you’re an engineer if ...
  • Or, you're wife's all upset because the door on the great big stainless steel Kenwood fridge she loves so much won't close, but you're not listening, because you're stunned at how a designer (in this case mechanical, so maybe it figures) would use a skinny plastic hook catch to hold a 100lb door shut -- when the whole outside of the fridge is stainless steel! A little bit more metal and the door catch would never have broken. Those kinds of design shortcuts just send me over the edge. What were they thinking?? We should start a new series of articles or a new thread on 'shortcuts to disaster' -- anyone else got any stories.