The Next-Generation Electric Car

Author: Jon Brock

Not Your Average Hybrid “Do you like your Volt?”  I’ve been repeatedly asked this questions by people who see me getting in or out of the Chevy Volt that my wife and I drive.  We only got it about nine months ago and I’ve already had more people approach me about this car than I ever would have thought.  I… Read More

Sustainable Business

Author: Ryan Noble

The term sustainable is generally focused on the environment. It seems this is a drastic under-utilization of the very versatile word. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sustainability in three ways: : able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed : involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources : able to last or continue for a… Read More

Disher Ranked #21 of Best Places to Work in the U.S.

  Disher was named by Great Place to Work® as the 21st best small workplace in the United States on their annual 2015 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published this past week in Fortune magazine. Ranked #21, this is Disher’s second year of recognition by Great Place to Work as last year we received the honor of being a Great Rated company. Read more… Read More

Metroto-WHAT?

Author: Sam Passenger

Recently, I was presented with a set of problems. A customer was struggling to measure a complex three-dimensional surface on a small plastic part. The feature in question is critical to the function of the component. Often, conventional laser scanning is the solution to analyze such features; however, the particular material used for this component is too translucent to be… Read More

From Engineering Geek to Passionate Leader

Author: Bob Soeters

“Conventional Wisdom says that leaders are born, but I don’t believe that’s true. We can all learn – then teach others – how to understand and apply the principles of successful leadership.”  – Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader   I have been passionate about developing leaders for over 25 years, however I never set out with this in mind.  As… Read More

The Value of Your Problem Statement

Author: Brian Lauer

  Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a project status review with your management, and your heart sinks when you realize there was a misinterpretation of the original core issue?  How about the frustration of your project getting pushed out only for other less beneficial projects to get the resources? Recall any similar wasteful issues while you… Read More

Finding your balance: Thoughts on being a working mom

Author: Kristin Zietlow

My work backpack has a mix of 3D printed parts, baby toys, post-it notes and sketches. It does a good job of summing up my life, which is a gratifying mix of engineering and motherhood. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been faced with a mountain of decisions, all centered on keeping life balanced. My dad was a surfer. When I… Read More

The Tough Road to Innovation Success

Author: Jeff Disher

As the owner of our product development firm, I often get calls that go something like this, “I’m calling from Company XYZ and we have this idea for a new product and we’re not sure how to get it developed. Can you help me?”  As the conversation goes on, I sense that this company thinks their idea is a big winner… Read More

Lifelong Learning

Author: Ryan Noble

Starting College

I didn’t always enjoy formal learning. Growing up, school was this involuntary experience that was happening to me. I wasn’t overly engaged, rarely doing homework at home and almost never studying. I absorbed enough in high school to graduate with a respectable GPA and acceptance letters to Kettering University and Purdue. Starting at Kettering in the fall of 2000, I… Read More