What does Dr. Victor Frankenstein have in common with engineers? You know you know the answer: It’s the ability to bring back objects from the dead. The doc’s most famous example is that big monster, of course, but who knows what else he reanimated in his lab? Frankenstein’s toaster? Frankenstein’s microwave? The list is likely to be endless.
Like a modern-day engineer, Frankenstein didn’t just throw out a crappy product or demand his money back when something didn’t quite live up to his expectations. No, sir, he applied his technical prowess and problem-solving ability to fixing it.
So, in honor of Dr. Frankenstein and Halloween, Tektronix and EE Times have teamed up to recognize this special ability of engineers and mad doctors to get things to work. And as our thanks for the countless products you help keep out of landfills each year, we are giving away a Tektronix MS02024B scope worth $3,650 to one lucky engineer. The winner will be announced on — you guessed it — Oct. 31, 2013.
All you have to do is describe a situation in which a product didn’t quite live up to expectations (or outright failed), and you successfully repaired, redesigned, or even reanimated it.
… Need a sample to get your gray cells working? Check out The case of the flat panel TV scream, in which an intrepid engineer scores a free 36-inch panel flat screen TV by knowing how to fix it….
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