Vice President, Rational Complex & Embedded Systems
On this day in 1746, Benjamin Franklin put a key on a kite and tempted fate by flying it in a thunderstorm. As we all know he did not die and he discovered a form of electricity. Venturing into the unknown, for reasons that often defy logic, comes from an unquenchable thirst for knowledge which is often associated with engineers and scientists. These are the very people who introduced manned flight, and broke land speed records, and tested medical devices for the first time. It is hard not to think of Ben Franklin every time lightning strikes, or when I put on reading glasses, or when I mail a letter. Real innovation is lasting and forms the foundation for tomorrow's great engineering work.