Are There PID Controllers in Data Science?

A while back I went to a data science meetup, and the presentation was on how an analyst solved his problem with a PID controller. As an engineer I’m well familiar with PID controllers. I spent a lot of time studying them in school. The problem in this scenario was optimizing the amount and cost […]

Sweetwater Texas

Image via Wikipedia I have believed for a long time that high energy prices would ultimately be good for the American economy. I generally keep an ear to the ground for new developments in renewable energy technology, and new products that take advantage of alternative energy sources. I recently learned of a small town that […]

Gene Kranz

Image via Wikipedia Tonight Gene Kranz, the famed NASA mission controller played by Ed Harris in Apollo 13, came to speak at UT and I was able to make it. I went with low expectations because I didn’t know much about him other than what I had seen in the movie, and just wow. This […]

Electric Drag Racing

A buddy of mine sent me a link to an electric car that is entering in drag races. This is awesome. John Weyland gutted a 1972 Datsun 1200, converted it into an electric drive, named it White Zombie and has breaking records at his local drag strip. In this video he drops both a Corvette […]


So I’ve been blogging about gas prices and the state of American automakers lately. I haven’t yet addressed one of the solutions that GM has proposed. Ethanol, or E85. Chevy and GMC are labeling their trucks, and some cars as well, as flexible-fuel vehicles, meaning that they can run on either unleaded gasoline or E85. […]

Space Elevator

In one of my classes I was assigned the task of writing a feasibility study of an engineering project with a team of students. My team chose to write our document on the space elevator. It was really fun, this project is ambitious, but after reading and writing on this subject for the past six […]