Regional Advantage: Part 1- Pitting California's U.C. Berkeley against Belgium's IMEC

Of course, in reality, academia is also about huge, world-class egos, fiefdoms, empires, labs that carry the name of the lead researcher, getting papers into print as fast as you can, racing to get your name and the name of your group on the idea that you'all gave birth to, and seducing the moneyed classes - usually that's spelled i-n-d-u-s-t-r-y - into funding your school, your programs, your faculty, your graduate students, your research initiatives, your labs, and your life.

The problem in all of this, in my opinion - the problem with this hurried, competitive, frenetic, proprietary, ego-driven insanity - is that it's very counter-productive to the sleek, emotionally satisfying Zen of birthing new ideas.

Because ideally, ideas are born out of a creative, supportive, tranquil environment where minds can roam unfettered, free of worry and fear. An environment where there are long periods of silence, where individuals can explore solution spaces during the daylight hours, as well as at 3 AM, and where researchers can share their solutions with other like-minded researchers, whether they arise out of the same scientific or engineering discipline or not.

Coming April 13th - A trip to IMEC in Leuven, Belgium. Same words, different model.

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  • Great article April 04, 2006
    Reviewed by 'David White'
    I am sure glad that Peggy is back. Well written and proofread with an excellent conclusion. I just wrote an article on "The Experimenter" for a online mag for the amateur radio community and wish I had read this article before finishing mine.

    Very, very, well done.

    Thanks so much Peggy for coming back and writing for the EdaCafe and will be looking for more of your articles.


    David White

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