Create the Future Design Contest Winners
Results are in, and it is time to congratulate all the winners in this year’s Create The Future Design Contest! Special congrats goes to the Grand Prize Winner, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Los Angeles, California. Learn all about his entry using the link below.
Once again, our good friends at COMSOL helped sponsor this wonderful contest, put on each year by Tech Briefs. Bernt Nilsson, Senior VP of Marketing for COMSOL, had the following to say:
“This year’s contest really knocked it out of the park with a record number of entries and tons of truly forward-thinking product ideas. All these creative designs are a testament to the power of engineering innovation for building a better tomorrow. COMSOL is grateful for the opportunity to support the Create the Future Design Contest that does such a phenomenal job in promoting and recognizing simulation-driven product design. Kudos to all the entrants for sharing their amazing ideas and congratulations to this year’s winners!”
We encourage our readers to learn more about all the winners. Maybe this will spark a desire and an innovation that can be entered next year! http://contest.techbriefs.com/2014/winners
Consider what can be accomplished when forward-thinking people interact with engineering innovation in an environment of challenge and encouragement and reward. Do you have it in you? Can you see yourself making the list? We would love to be reading about you next year at this time.
Training – Do You YouTube?
Experts agree… more than 1 Billion unique users visit YouTube each month. YouTube reached the 1 Billion videos served mark back in 2009. In 2011, there were an estimated 1 trillion total YouTube views. There are now about 6 Billion hours of video watched each month and about 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. So there’s a good chance you are using YouTube as well, maybe for entertainment or information or even “expert” opinion through videos, tutorials and lectures.
If you go there for your training do you trust all the “experts” who easily flash stuff up and get paid by Google when people click on the rolling ads along the side? How do you determine who has real expertise to convey and who doesn’t? We highly encourage you to develop a “YouTube Criteria for Really Good Training” before relying on all the Training related videos that are available
We all know that YouTube is really good at what it does– in fact it is a complete game changer – but we also recognize that it does have limitations, and some of those relate to training as there are aspects that leave “trainees” short in certain areas. The question that each individual has to answer is “How good do I want to be?” Let’s pretend you want to get really good, like Olympic Athlete good, at Multiphysics Computational Analysis. You can search YouTube for that and perhaps learn enough to get started. You can make use of online communities for advice and yet, when you get stuck and the videos only take you so far what do you do? Where do you turn for help? At this point top performers, the Olympic athletes of the Multiphysics Computational Analysis world, would recognize that you need to find an expert and coach to help you past your roadblock. Through their own experience and that of their circle of coaches and advisors they can suggest alternative approaches, challenge you to look at things differently and allow you to expand your capabilities.
Yes, there are just as many Do-it-Yourselfers (DIYers) in our industry as there are in other industries. What do DIYers do when they get stuck? If they are Olympic caliber, they do not quit; they go find help. Our encouragement in light of YouTube is to utilize YouTube as much as you can and care to while having the support network of a real, live human training person (coach) you can turn to when you get stuck… or better yet, before you get struck. Remember, even the Olympic Athlete trains on his or her own quite often, but they also touch base on aregular schedule with a coach… a real, live, human coach.
Do you want to be an Olympic caliber Multiphysics Computational Analyst?
Training – Should We or Shouldn’t We?
“What if we train them and they leave?”
“What if we don’t and they stay?”
Which kind of company mentality lends itself to top performers? According to one of the articles we ran across, Top Performers might actually want to stay and grow with more training.
What if we were to compare a Top Performer in our Multiphysics and Computational Analysis industry to an Olympic Athlete? Both are at the top of their game. Both are among the best at their chosen pursuit. Both are elite. And both have an interdependent approach to training… they do not have to keep training because they are already among the best at what they do, but they continue to choose additional training because they want to get better and better as long as they can get better and stay among the best at what they do as long as possible.
So when it comes to training, there appears to be a compelling reason to continue to invest in Top Performers – Top Performers want to get better… and better! And they want to stay if possible.
Here is our encouragement. People do not enter the Multiphysics and Computational Analysis Industry without proving that they are learners. In fact, looking at the total number of people in the world who do this type of work, we would have to make an educated guess and say that when it comes to learning, the people in this industry are at the top of their game. And those who want to get better and better as long as they can get better choose additional training. And then we see the Top Performers emerge – they start to stick out like an Olympic Athlete. We know the Top Performers in our industry are committed to, invested in, reliant on continued training.
Maybe we should consider this question instead… “What could happen if we train them and train them and train them… and they stay?”
Reasons for Training
“Training” is a big thing here at AltaSim. It is one of the ingredients that helps us grow. We like to think it is also the best way we can help our customers grow to become independent of their need for us. While we love repeat customers, we believe customers should have options for how much they depend on us. “Training” is one of those options. A click here and a click there and anyone can come up with a good list of reasons for Training. But we thought we would ask the question another way.
What happens to company growth and innovation and revenue futures if “Training” is cut and no one is growing any new skills? What happens 3 years from now if your organization has not invested in anyone, but others in your industry have?
At a time when budgets become tight and people are asked to do more with less, Training can be a big differentiators. We found various reasons for Training when we took a look online at various markets. Here are (just) five things you can expect as a result of investing in Training:
- Improved Productivity
- Decreased Turnover
- Enhanced Time to market
- Cost savings
- Increased Morale
But the question becomes… “Are these five things enough?”
So we thought we would give you some more questions (about Training) that will help you uncover deeper, more rooted reasons for heading down this path at all.
- Does Training force us to become more dependent or less dependent on outside resources?
- Is this Training class designed to be short-term dependence or long-term dependence?
- Can we see ourselves making progress to more independence as a result of our Training classes?
- Once we have become (more) independent as a result of Training, is that the end result?
- Through our Training Classes, can we progress to interdependence, and if so, what does that look like?
- Is that really where we want to go?
Our thought is that if we can help more people grow, then they will no longer be dependent on our services unless they want to be. Instead they will be independent, which will afford them the freedom to become interdependent to call on us and partner with us whenever they see the need and have the desire to do so. If we are any good at all, no one will need to remain dependent on us. We love the freedom of repeat customers who are now interdependent.
Training – Is it Cyclical?
Training – Defined (according to www.thefreedictionary.com)
1. The process or routine of one who trains.
2. The state of being trained.
2a.The process of bringing a person, etc, to an agreed standard of proficiency, etc, by practice and instruction
3. The education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing that is being trained.
What’s the first word you think of when you hear the word “training”? Do you think of the process or routine of one who trains? Do you think of the process of bringing a person to an agreed standard of proficiency by practice and instruction? Do you think of the education, instruction and discipline of the person being trained?
Here at AltaSim, when we think of training we think like this: “To further the exploitation of advanced multiphysics modeling we share our expertise through focused, personal training courses at both the introductory and advanced level. Participants learn how to use COMSOL Multiphysics® to solve real world problems from scientists and engineers that use COMSOL Multiphysics® on a daily basis to solve problems and develop innovative solutions. Training is offered through personalized classroom instruction and web based instructor led classes that draw upon our decades of experience in applying COMSOL Multiphysics®.”
At a time when spending on Corporate Training is rising (or soaring according to one article found here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2014/02/04/the-recovery-arrives-corporate-training-spend-skyrockets/), we are curious to see how training in our industry impacts other industries. Since so many people in our industry spend so much time trying to create, invent, improve, develop, etc., new technologies that many other industries utilize, it makes sense that more people trained to an agreed standard of proficiency by practice and instruction could exponentially impact the overall growth rate of technologies, companies and industry segments as a whole.
This is a really fancy way of saying that we are committed to training more and more people to become more and more proficient in solving real world problems with COMSOL Multiphysics®. More highly trained experts helping more products and technologies get to market could create the kind of growth that puts more money back in the training budgets to get more highly trained experts helping more products and technologies get to market. Your thoughts?
More Blogs on Training coming soon.