In praise of Fred Dibnah and Burt Munro

Most of my work this week has been around designing events that help engineering students develop problem-solving skills. My opposite number at a meeting today cited Fred Dibnah, the famous chimney feller, and Burt Munro, the pioneering motorcycle land speed record holder, as examples of people who didn’t need engineering degrees to solve engineering problems.

It’s too close to bed time to start writing about developing problem solving skills at undergraduate level. Instead, the stories of these two engineers make for a far more fascinating read.