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Bench Talk for Design Engineers | The Official Blog of Mouser Electronics


Michael Parks, P.E. is the owner of Green Shoe Garage, a custom electronics design studio and technology consultancy located in Southern Maryland. He produces the S.T.E.A.M. Power podcast to help raise public awareness of technical and scientific matters. Michael is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


Pull Up Your Pins: How to Size Pull-up Resistors Mike Parks
Whether to prevent floating I/O pins on an MCU or to provide an interface between two circuits, pull-up resistors are a necessity. But what size resistor should you use?

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 3 Mike Parks
For part 3 of “Mouser’s STEAMy Summer” series, we will go through each step to build the circuit and program the Arduino MKR1000 for your ultraviolet (UV) monitor and alert project so that you and your young, aspiring engineer can protect your family when you’re out enjoying the sun.

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 2 Mike Parks
In part 1 of our STEAMy summer blog, we talked about the resources available for parents and kids to explore STEAM topics so that they can develop hands-on embedded electronics skills through project-based learning. Now in part 2, we will dive into designing and coding an UV monitor and alert buzzer.

Mouser’s STEAMy Summer: Part 1 of 3 Mike Parks
This STEAM-inspired three-article series will explore the available resources to assist you and your kids on a maker’s adventure and walk you through an embedded electronics project. We will cover the design, build, and code for the project as well as discuss how the data from the project can be useful to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Digital Twinning and the Future of Transportation Safety Mike Parks
The tragedy that befell Southwest Flight 1380 in April 2018 is thankfully a rare event in modern air travel. Digital twining is a promising new technological concept that could soon help the transportation industry hone safety measures.

Making Mathematical Sense of PID Controllers Mike Parks
PID controllers are a popular method for including a feedback as a mechanism to help efficiently control industrial processes. Short for “proportional, integrative, derivative,” PID controllers keep the output of a system constant based on user provided setpoint. Tuning the PID controller parameters, though, requires a bit of math to maximize efficiency and minimize adjustments and corrections based on feedback.

Shaping Smarter Cities: Farming 2.0: Arduino Helps Farms Go Vertical Mike Parks
Vertical Farming is poised to bring agriculture to urban centers, but it needs automation and intelligence to succeed.

Westworld: Where Technology and Ethics Collide Mike Parks
Can we understand the implications of what we build?

Design Patterns: An Intuitive Approach to Circuit Analysis Mike Parks
Circuit design incorporates elements that are often repeated across many different circuits. Learning these patterns can enrich your own designs and inform how you see others schematics.

Mind Your R’s and C’s: A Look at Different Types of Resistors and Capacitors Mike Parks
There's a lot more to resistors and capacitors than just a symbol on a circuit. Learn about the various construction and performance characteristics of these overlooked parts to find which is right for your design.

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