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The remarkable evolution of the gas turbine engine has made the world much smaller and provided power for worldwide use. I often think of growing up in a farm environment, being fascinated with machinery and then having the opportunity to take part in the design and development of the world's most complex product. I worked with brilliant engineers and experienced the transition from slide rules and “hand calculation” methods to computers and more precise finite element modeling. Perhaps this story will present insight for current and future design engineers who create the manufactured products used by mankind.