Dr Grantham Delivers Keynote Address
Over 110 people attended the luncheon, listening as he spoke of the choices that bring us to success or failure. His uplifting style combined wisdom with humor to illustrate the millions of choices we make everyday that accumulate to the sum of who we become and how the decision to go to OSU changed the path of his life.
You can read the keynote address outline below.
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Georgia World Congress Center Room: C202-C205
Welding holds the world together.
Embrace the possible, apply the power of educated choices.
- Thankful for the choices made by the staff that provided the room and meal for our comfort.
- Thankful for Nancy Porter, the weld that joins us all together.
- Thankful for the choices made in 1860’s for the Morrill Act that established Agricultural and Mechanical (A & M) universities for practical applications and accessible education.
- Thankful for the choices made by those who developed, created and maintained the OSU MSE/WE Department..
- Thankful for the relationships we enjoy today with our shared choices in Welding Engineering.
Sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 conscious choices each day.
We believe in our freedom of choice. OSUWE is education about choices made for the art and science of materials joining. We are on a mission, the fundamental reason that we enlisted with OSUWE.
During the mid-80’s, I was stripped of my significance by the economic downturn in the oil and gas industry. My CHOICES seemed few and limited. In 1987 I identified with a couple of children’s books, “Saggy Baggy baby Elephant” Kathryn and Byron Jackson; “Ugly Duckling” Hans Christian Andersen; and Oh’ the places you’ll go ! Dr. Seuss. I read these books to my children.
I was worn-out, tired and financially beat-up and needed better direction at the “prime” of my life.
Who was I?
I was a husband and dad. I was an engineer. I was a welder. I was experienced in fabrication of offshore production equipment. I was an AWS-CWI. Like a rodeo bronc-rider thrown from his mount, I dusted myself off, no broken bones, counted my blessings, and set about with a single purpose, make some changes in my life. I was unemployed and needed a job.
Once I discovered Ohio State University, Welding Engineering, (OSUWE), it all made sense. I made choices.
In 1975 I became a member of the AWS, a good choice. In 1985, I enrolled at OSUWE, a good choice. At OSUWE I encountered an educated culture of civility, dignity and respect, a good choice.
OSUWE showed me ‘opportunity’ and taught me that I had choices to become whatever chose to be.
Prof Graff told me, “Welding Engineering at The Ohio State University is unique in the United States.
Prof. Baeslack told me, “The society that masters metals rules the world.”
Prof. Tsai told me, “Hard work pays off”. “The more you know about something, the more you realize how much you don’t know.”
- Choice of Difference. Welding Engineers are different like David before Goliath, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mohamed Ali, Tiger Woods, Nikki Haley. Accept it.
- Choice of Mind. Your greatest investment is your mind. Take care of your mind. Invest in educating your mind. Train your mind.
- Choice of Recognition. Everything you need is nearby you. Recognize what you already have. Recognize opportunities.
- Choice of Colleagues. Travel life’s journey with others. When one of you falls the other can lift up the fallen one. OSU WE saw something in me that I could not see myself. I was lifted up.
- Choice of Place. Seek an environment of learning and happiness. You will flourish when you are where you belong. Go where you are celebrated, not where you will be tolerated.
- Choice of Honor. Your future is determined by whom you have chosen to honor.
- Choice of Words. Words are seeds for understanding. Speak comfortably in welding terms.
Welding is a “Team Activity”. OSU WE education reflects the interdisciplinary nature of welding: Design, Materials, Processes, Safety. AWS/FABTECH exposition is immense display of the information. Tour the aisles engage in conversations and just feel the grandeur of welding. Shift your mindset.
OSU WE taught me the interdisciplinary nature of welding. OSUWE is education in fundamental topics of welding and joining: Design, Materials, Processes, Quality, and Safety.