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Amphibious Airplanes, Body Snatchers, & Pimping Prosthetics

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 5:08pm
Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD

A little over four years ago I received a phone call from a gentleman asking if I would like to come in for an interview concerning a writing position for a trade publication that focused on design engineers. At that time, I was working as a shipping associate in a distribution facility where temperatures reached over 100-degrees during the summer. So I thought, “What the heck; I’ll give it a shot.”

Considering it was one of my first interviews that I had after receiving my bachelor's, I was more than flabbergasted when Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director of PD&D contacted me for a second interview. I was even more surprised when they actually hired me, especially considering my inexperience and lack of knowledge in the engineering industry at the time.

Since that December day four years ago, I have learned more than I ever thought I would about electrical and electronic components, motion controls, fastening  and assembly equipment; various sensors, computer hardware and software platforms; and test and measurement products. I have also interviewed a lot of design engineers in various industries, such as, aerospace, automotive, medical, etc.

I attended various trade shows and events, where I had the privilege to meet a lot of amazing individuals who have designed and created the coolest products you could ever think of — amphibious airplanes, body snatchers, and pimping prosthetics to name a few. What I have learned from all of these experiences is that a lot more goes into these products than just taking a bunch of parts and putting them together.

All of the engineers and designers I have had the opportunity to speak with, have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into their ideas to turn them into realities for others to enjoy. The passion, excitement, and dedication that these engineers and designers displayed have given me goose bumps every time.

So why does this matter?

In the last four years, Product Design and Development has helped shape me into the writer I am today. I am more confident with my writing skills and my social skills. I’ve learned how to develop questions to obtain certain details on the topics I believe grab my audience's attention, and I am nowhere near as shy as I was when I was hired. I understand the importance of creating and maintaining relationships, especially with our audience; and the importance of taking their feedback into consideration.

All the skills and lessons I’ve learned from PD&D will definitely help me succeed in my next journey. No, this is not a farewell blog; just an announcement that I am taking over Janine Mooney’s responsibilities as editor for one of PD&D's sister publications, Wireless Design and Development (WDD), so you will still be hearing from me, just not as often.  

While I am excited about the opportunity, I will truly miss working on PD&D. I am very thankful and appreciative of all the stories and lessons that I’ve learned, and for the helpful feedback I’ve received from all of the faithful readers. They will help me to continue to put my very best foot forward, and to instill my passion, excitement, and dedication with WDD as I’ve done with PD&D. It truly has been a great experience and I can’t wait to get started on the next. So, to put it like Bugs Bunny: That’s all folks!

Cheers!

I can still be reached at meaghan.ziemba@advantagemedia.com, so keep in touch to let me know how all of your projects are going.

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