#014 – Engineering World Class Bicycle Wheels – Matthew Urquhart
Matthew Urquhart studied Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University, specializing in Materials Engineering. After graduation, he moved to California to become a Product Design Engineer at Specialized Bicycle Components. A few months ago, Matt began work at Nest Labs, the home automation producer of programmable, self-learning, sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, and other security systems.
Matt shares with us:
- his passion for bicycles.
- how he landed his dream job at Specialized.
- the importance of understanding first principles.
- insights into the product development process.
- and much more…
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06:40 Guest Intro
07:06 How Matt discovered Engineering at a young age.
09:23 Solar photovoltaics materials research internship in the Materials department researching on.
11:23 Matt shares his passion for bicycles and biking.
12:21 The targeted job hunting procedure.
13:36 Matt shares the incredible story of how he landed his dream job at Specialized.
17:42 Setting yourself apart from the countless other candidates.
18:42 High-performance bicycle wheels.
19:47 The tools and human resources at Specialized and how they come together during product development.
21:45 Various software programs that Matt used at Specialized.
22:39 What were the objectives of business trips to Taiwan and China?
25:47 Personal or professional qualities vital for success as a Product Engineer.
27:36 What is Nest Labs? What do they do?
28:51 How Matt got his position at Nest.
30:59 The objectives of a Process Engineer.
33:30 Tips about working in Asia.
36:22 The power of introverts in a world that won’t stop talking.
37:40 Matt is bullish about machine learning.
39:50 Final advice to future engineers.
Episode related content:
The story of Mike Sinyard and the Specialized Bicycle Components company:
King of the mountain bike from CNN Money and Hippie Capitalist: Specialized Bicycle’s Mike Sinyard from Forbes.
The Nest Cam:
The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain TED Talk:
The Value of Statistics – Career Opportunities:
“The Soul of Statistics” – 15 Minute Intro by Harvard Professor Blitzstein – Must Watch:
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