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Be An Engineer and Change The World, It Happens

I’ll just say right out that Joel Douglas, a UCONN engineer, should do a TED talk on how he thinks. He has more than 80 U.S. patents on his ideas and even more foreign patents. This is one smart guy who will, and already has changed the world.

Engineers make the world go ’round, literally. For instance, a mechanism which when placed in slow moving waters can produce electricity. It’s environmentally friendly in that once placed into a river or stream it doesn’t kill animals or chop up plants.
I have shots of the device below in its various degrees of development. It has now been sold to Pfizer in New London, Connecticut to generate energy.

Douglas is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of his latest company called eGen, LLC it’s homegrown  in Connecticut.

Douglas has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCONN and an M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of New Haven. He was inducted in 2005 into the UCONN Academy of Distinguished Engineers. Early in his career, he held various positions at LifeScan, Komag, General Dynamics and United Nuclear.

You get the picture here, Douglas is a smart guy who surrounded himself with other smart folks and who is keeping the brilliance in Connecticut. Don’t you wish more people had the same idea?


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  1. Posted July 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting concept… Will be nice when more smaller scale sources are developed to generate electricity for the average homeowner using a combination of sun, wind and water.

  2. Mary
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Joel displays the spirit of innovation that made the US great. Unfortunately, rampant outsourcing of engineering jobs discourages talented young people from majoring in engineering. Until that is changed, interest in engineering will continue to decline.

    • Annie Mame
      Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      Mary, as with everything these days there is a shift, no better time than now to make engineering something for the “cool” kids.