Springs Have Potential Energy

By John Usher

As we slog our way through one of the coldest winters in many years, it is important to realize that Spring is really just around the corner. While this semester just got started, we’ll be in finals week before you know it. Excuse the engineering play on words, but we all know that Springs can contain a lot of potential energy. If you don’t believe me, watch a loaded garage door spring unwind (from a safe distance please) and you’ll see what I mean. The point is that Spring is a time when the weather warms, and our graduates emerge with an unlimited amount of potential energy. I always look forward to this time of year when we can finally see the true fruits of our academic labor. Students will no doubt be stressed getting that senior design project done, those last exams completed and the their grades posted before May Commencement. I would urge them to keep working hard, moving forward with a positive attitude, and embracing the new challenges that lie ahead. I can say the same for our faculty and staff who will be part of many changes, (including new curricula, building renovations, new faculty hires, process improvements, and more). All of these changes are loading the spring, so to speak, and creating a great deal of potential energy here at Speed School.

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