Brian C. Cox - Optomechanical Engineer

Optomechanical Engineering - Design and implementation of hardware which drives optical system capability

Multitasking is padding project timelines everywhere

Working as an engineer on multiple projects at the same time is a myth. There, I said it.  I’ve heard individuals in the past brag about their ability to multitask in the workplace, but is it really such a good thing?  When an engineer is working on multiple projects no one project is getting his …

Agile methods for Hardware Development

Agile Manifesto for Hardware Development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working hardware over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan “While there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.” Agile project management is a development methodology which has roots …

Brian’s Laws of Instrument Engineering

Engineers and product designers know that after working on a collection of projects over several years, you see trends and correlations in how projects unfold. Sometimes it’s approaches and behaviors that work well and correlate with success, other times its decisions or symptoms that portend failure.

Modern Engineering- shared fields of collaboration

Optomechanical engineering, like most modern engineering fields, involves collaboration and coordination of several skillsets. Engineers have to wear many hats in their day-to-day work; no longer is it good enough to specialize in a single field. In the modern world of scientific and technological advancement, products are becoming more tightly integrated and optimized. Because of this, it …