Thursday, June 7, 2012
It is time to give credit where credit is due. If you survive a car crash, it is very likely due to the countless hours spent by engineers developing improved crumple zones, air bags, laminated windshields, safety cells, side impact beams, and the like. Engineers designed the jaws of life that were probably used to extricate you from the vehicle. Engineers designed the patient monitor that tracked your vital signs on the way to the hospital in the engineer-designed helicopter or ambulance. Engineers designed the MRI and/or ultrasound imaging system that examined you for internal injuries. The list goes on.
I'm both an engineer and a lawyer. My particular expertise is intellectual property -- specifically patents. I find it very rewarding to work with engineers as they develop the latest technology that may one day save a person's life, which is much more than I can say for the one who typically gets the credit for the "miracle."