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There, I Fixed It


One of the things that they don’t teach you in engineering school is that things very frequently don’t turn out like you planned, and sometimes you have to improvise: this is what sets apart good engineers (those who merely get good grades in school) from great ones (those who understand adversity, appreciate elegant simplicity and know how to react when things go wrong. And they barely made it out of school).

It’s all true. Validation at last.

(emphasis mine)

GWU: General Work Update

Some change at work:

Several weeks ago (the day before I left for Haiti, actually), our division was renamed Boeing Defense, Space and Security. Interestingly enough, the TLA1 is only BDS. I, however, am going to call it BaDaSS.

I also moved cubicles. I’m now sitting almost directly with the rest of my group. I used to sit in a completely different bay across a hallway and through two doors. Now I’m within shouting (and launching) distance of everyone on my team.

  1. three letter acronym, something Boeing is notorious for 

National Engineers Week

It’s National Engineers Week. It’s mostly an outreach goal designed to expose young minds to the wonders of engineering. I like to think of it as a week when we get to celebrate engineers and how awesome we are.

My compromise is to answer any questions about engineering you have and to do my best to answer them. Please try to limit yourselves to serious questions (i.e. I’m not going to answer questions about relative velocities of a certain avian).

Ready. Go.

Links on Haiti

I’ve been collecting some links of things I have been reading related to the Haiti Earthquake. I thought it might be worth passing some of them on, listed roughly in the order that I found and read them:

The Big Picture: Earthquake in Haiti
The Big Picture: Haiti 48 hours later
The Big Picture: Haiti six days later Video: Mile-wide smile

The Big Pictures: Faces of Haiti: “Aid agencies are still ramping up their efforts – the Red Cross alone has deployed what it calls its greatest deployment of emergency responders in its 91-year history.”

IEEE Spectrum: Engineers Race to Restore Communications after Haiti Quake Haitian Aid

USGS Issues Assessment of Aftershock Hazards in Haiti

The Seattle Times: Stunning recovery: Haitian girl pulled from debris

Wikipedia: USNS Comfort (T-AH-20)

The New York Times: Case Stokes Haiti’s Fear for Children, and Itself

Helping Haiti respond to the earthquake
Staying connected in post-earthquake Haiti
New imagery of Port-au-Prince

The Seattle Times: Body of Port Orchard woman found in Haiti

Red Cross Blogs: Help not hinder Haiti

Los Angeles Times:Jet Propulsion Lab working on radar project to map movements in quake-devastated Haiti Ten big ideas from TED: Every eight days, the toll of a Haiti quake

The Seattle PI: American Airlines set to resume Haiti flights Friday

Updated: Here are some other perspectives by some teammates:
A New Normal: Reflections on an Adventure in Haiti

Going To Haiti Again!

Update: A couple more links
Haiti Earthquake Aftermath Montage
The Big Picture: Haiti three weeks later
NGO networks in Haiti cause problems for local ISPs


This is a letter that Bruce sent Amber, who forwarded it on to the rest of us and I thought it was worth sharing as well:

Dear Amber and UPC team,

Because you couldn’t fly out normally, we had to drive to Cap Haitian.

Because we were going to be in Cap Haitian, Bill Piepgrass, surgeon and former missionary doctor here decided to come to Haiti since he had a ride back to La Pointe to work at the hospital.

Because Bill was going to come to Haiti to work on Port-au-Prince refugees, he invited his friends, Gary an orthopedic surgeon, Don an anesthesiologist, and Helen an OR nurse.

Since we were going to be coming back empty, we asked and God gave us a load of medical supplies from Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

Because we had all the medical stuff in the back of the truck, all these medical people had something to sit on (sortof) in the back of the truck for the nine hour trip back via Gonaives. Incidently, it is not as easy when you are over 40.

Because the doctors came and because they had stuff to work with, they were able to treat patients like you are going to read about below1.

Sometimes waiting is a very difficult, important, and fulltime job. Because you patiently waited until it was God’s time and way to get out of the country, we were able to get in sequence for the timing of all that was to come. And be there with the truck.

On Tuesday Lord willing we should be receiving two more plane loads of medical supplies from the cruise ships of Royal Caribbean.

Thanks for coming and helping. The team house roof is pretty much done except for the dinking around finish jobs and it shouldn’t leak anymore.

In Christ,

PS please pass on to the team members

Bruce was also able to put in the outlet that we didn’t get to and they now have power at the vocational school in Foison.

  1. Bruce forwarded a story about two Haitians whom the medical supplies helped  

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