About "The Pulse"

To understand the behaviour of the world around us through observation and reason - this is the ambitious goal of science in general, and physics in particular.  At The Engineer's Pulse, the aim is to educate, entertain, and ultimately, inspire visitors, whether they have a limited scientific background, are currently studying science in college, or are longtime science enthusiasts looking to explore the crossroads between science and life.

The Engineer's Pulse is a place where all are invited to read about and comment on science and engineering topics.  Established in October, 2010, this blog aims to dispel the myth that science is scary or intimidating by keeping discussions relevant and accessible to all.

I want to help break down the wall between science and the public - to help in the fight against science illiteracy.  Below is a small list of my heroes, who have succeeded in public outreach in scientific domains:

- Carl Sagan
- Arthur C. Clarke
- Isaac Asimov
- Annie Leonard
- Stephen Hawking
- David Suzuki
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Peter Hadfield

I hope the articles posted here help to clarify complex topics in science and engineering, while stimulating a discussion on how we are affected  by them.  The scientific term, "pulse", describes a transmission of information.  The title of this blog also serves as a reminder that scientists and engineers do in fact have a pulse: the stereotype of a nerd in a lab coat who does not interact with other people is a dated one.  Today's scientists and engineers still play a major role in shaping our rapidly evolving world, but now more than ever before require the ability to explain how they do it.  

Sincerely,

Stephen Cohen, aka, "The Engineer"
The Engineer's Pulse
stephen.cohen(at)mail.mcgill.ca
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Biography       

Stephen Cohen earned his Bachelor’s (2004) and Master’s (2006) Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University.  His thesis describes the dynamics of a space elevator, and he has published several scientific papers on the topic.  He worked at MDA Space as a Structural Engineer, where he helped to design space antenna payloads to survive the rigours of space launch and the orbital environment.


His enthusiasm for science and teaching as well as his passion for writing and public speaking led him to modify the direction of his career.  In 2010, he began working as a Physics Professor at Vanier College.  In the same year, he founded The Engineer’s Pulse.

Stephen lives with his wife and children in Montreal, Quebec.