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A Shortage of Engineers: A Novel
A Shortage of Engineers: A Novel by Robert Grossbach 0312275544 9780312275549
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A Shortage of Engineers: A Novel by Robert Grossbach

When Zack Zaremba graduates from engineering school, he wants little more from his career than to do useful, interesting work.It is not long, however, before life becomes more complicated: Hes assigned to an Air Force contract with impossibly difficult specs, $100,000/day late penalties, bullying managers, disgruntled co-workers, and parts that must be ordered before theres a design. When he falls fervently, passionately in love with Lilah Li, a beautiful Asian-American programmer with a whistle-blowers agenda, he realizes just how irrelevant his engineering education was in preparing him for moral choices.Zacks co-workers include Warren Kushner, whos never had a date and flow-charts even casual phone conversations with women; Shopper Jim, engineer-for-hire, whose engineering survival rules include, Always keep enough cardboard boxes under your desk to carry out all your stuff; the Frenchman, who wears his clothes backward as a sign of bureaucratic defiance; and the silky smooth Wonderboy, whose corner-cutting extends from finessing the Air Force to cheating on the office small-writing contest.Zack soon discovers himself covering for the incompetence and corruption of others.Mid-management-the dyspeptic A Boy Named Hsu, the heavily pustuled Medieval Man, sick-leave king Whispering Bill, in-business-for-himself Marv-only makes things worse. As it gradually becomes clear that the hardware cant meet the promised specs, Zack is seized in a crosscurrent of loyalties when he must decide whether to lie at a Critical Design Review. His only anchors are Lilah, her son, and the six-year-olds he volunteer-coaches in soccer, a sport hes never played. As his team loses game after game, Zack struggles with the mysterious, painful, age-old task of engineering: making things work.Robert Grossbach is an engineer for a firm that manufactures electronic components. He is the author of three other novels, Someone Great, Easy and Hard Ways Out, and Never Say Die. He lives in Commack, NY.

Author: Robert Grossbach

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Publication Date: 2001-07-13

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ISBN: 0312275544

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