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Before I began my life as an editor, I helped develop a pre-college
program for future engineers out
in Albuquerque, N.M. By design,
the program targeted particularly
crazy-smart students coming from
what was termed “nontraditional
government speak for kids from low
income homes who were to be the first in their families to
go to college.
The kids, it has to be said, were (and are) some of the best
people I’ve ever encountered. Most of them had grown up in
rough environments that didn’t exactly encourage education,
let alone the kinds of fancy science and engineering degrees
they were after. And yet they signed up, they gave me two hours
a week for tutoring, gave me one weekend a month for test
prep, and six entire weeks of their summer vacations to take
extra classes for no credit whatsoever.
For these kids, the dream of success, of progress, of something greater seemed to propel them forward harder than any
high schooler’s willpower should be able. They were kids, sure,
but they were determined.
And that determination, I think, stemmed from their re-
sponse to that first word in their descriptor in the program:
Tradition told them that they’d never leave Albuquerque. It
told them they would never go to college, never rise much
above their family’s level, never learn the skills they needed
to build the future they wanted. Tradition told them that their
dreams didn’t matter. Well, they said, to hell with tradition.
Following that decision, they all seemed to find themselves
in what I’ve come to think of as a pure innovative state. By
turning their backs on tradition, each of them faced a completely unwritten future—they were free to design exactly the
life they wanted in exactly the way they wanted to. There were
no rules, no guidelines, no expectations but their own. They
Reactions to this kind of pure freedom usually goes one of
two ways: you can freak out and bury yourself back into the
known (as most of us do), or you can charge bravely ahead and
rebuild the world on your own. My kids all took that latter route,
as did, I’d say, most of the great innovators throughout history.
It’s a treacherous path, but it can lead to amazing things.
Titan Gilroy, as described in John Hitch’s story, “Modern
Machining & the Need for Speed” (pg 23), seems to have made
this same choice.
It’s a story I love, the same story that played out in Albuquerque: Tradition says that machining has to be handled a
certain way, that quality requires slow speeds and highly-trained
engineers to achieve. Well, Gilroy said, to hell with tradition.
And it’s this, not his bravado, not his background, not his
celebrity, that makes his work so powerful. Gilroy is changing
the machining world—and by extension, American manufacturing—by standing up to its basic precepts, by challenging
traditional understandings, and by bravely facing the unknown.
As a result, he is able to out-machine traditionally-minded
shops at absolutely preposterous scales. And as a result of
that, the industry has found itself a new mentor, a new leader,
and a new tradition to explore.
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