Vice President, Rational Complex & Embedded Systems
IBM Software Group
For anyone who ever joked that finding and fixing defects is like playing a game of Whac-A-Mole, here is a story about the actual inventor of the game. Aaron Fechter is a true innovator who also created the animatronics used in Chuck E. Cheese. While these might seem like silly engineering projects, they still demand requirements, design, building and testing. And, their success helped him fund development of something he is passionate about, searching for an alternative fuel that burns cleaner than propane. Unfortunately, like many engineering efforts, it has been fraught with risk. This past Saturday, his lab blew up which may have setback his schedule, but fortunately no one was injured in the blast. True innovators are hard to stop.