B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech; Entrepreneur and inventor of more than 750 patents; multiple patents in advanced thermal management techniques; co-creator of the VEX Robotics product line & the VEX Robotics Competition; co-inventor of the HEXBUG micro robotic creatures; revolutionized robotics motor controllers with the invention of the "Victor".
When working on an engineering challenge, the wrong approach is to go with the first idea. There is an infinite number of ways to solve a problem. The trick is to spend time upfront making sure to find the simplest solution; hence, innovation happens first. Simple solutions are always easier to execute than complicated ones.