“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is a process, not a state of mind. The more you do, the more ways forward you’ll see.” –Unknown.

About the Blog:

EngineerDog is a personal site for sharing my original designs, tips, & resources with other science nerds like me! This includes videos, 3D models, and designs shared under the EngineerDog name throughout the internet on sites like:

Common blog article themes include:

  • Original Technical Resources
  • Build Plans & Inventions (Sometimes I sell DIY products)
  • Recommended Books,  Tools, & Websites
  • Thoughts & Experiments on Personal Finance & Small Business
  • Personal Stories of Failure & Inspiration.

Blog History:

I started EngineerDog in 2014 after I noticed the positive impacts that writing had on my ability to communicate and for revealing gaps in my own knowledge. I use this blog as a way to practice, experiment, and get feedback on my hobby work.

The name of the blog was picked somewhat haphazardly. I’m a dog loving mechanical engineer and the EngineerDog domain name was available. 🙂

About the Engineer:

My name is Michael and I’ve been hooked on building stuff ever since I discovered that potato cannons could launch vegetables halfway across a suburban neighborhood. Lucky for me people will pay you to do that sort of thing (the design & build part, not the public endangerment part), so a degree in mechanical engineering seemed like a good fit.

I grew up in the midwest and went to university literally surrounded by cornfields. I entered the professional workforce in 2010 and have been fortunate to get exposure to a diverse range of professional experiences.In 2016, the wife and I packed up and moved to Portland, Oregon.

Michael with Stormtrooper

That Blaster’s got nothin’ on these guns.

About the Dog:

The blog art is based on Buzz, our rescued mini-schnauzer fur-baby who serves the role of staving off my wife’s desire for a real baby a little longer!). (UPDATE: You’ve failed me Buzz!)

Because of his small stature and excitable demeanor Buzz is often mistaken for a puppy (small dogs always seem to have something to prove, don’t they?). He knows a few tricks and he’s pretty smart but don’t let his snappy tie and fancy reading material fool you, he is just a regular dog with no formal education.


(You don’t want to know how long it took to get a good picture.)


I would love to hear from you! If you need engineering advice or want to collaborate on a project, innovation, business idea, or career opportunity then feel free to contact me. I’m always looking for new opportunities! Check out some of my professional work here.

Email:  MechEngineerMike AT gmail.com

-Michael Graham



  1. Came here when I was searching for open source hardware as part of a workshop project. I really liked your article about open source hardware. I’m an Electronics engineer from India and I too love the idea of being open source. I share my hobby projects at my project website. You have a great website here too. I’ll add this to my list of personal project websites I found across the web.


  2. I ran across this website last night and was up until 2am reading it. Please get some kind of way to monetize it from Amazon or something, I would hate for it to be something that turns in to a burden.There is so much useful information on here and it’s all delivered with a sense of humor. Thank you so much for taking the time create it.
    P.S. watch “The IT Crowd” on Netflix or Hulu! It’s totally your kind of humor 😃

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    • Wow Thanks Rick! My wife thinks I’m weird and I know this content is not for everybody, but occasionally I get happy messages like yours and it makes my day! This blog has been a rewarding hobby in many unexpected ways and I am able to monetize enough to cover costs+beer at least. 🙂 I think Ill keep at it for a while yet. -PS Just added that to my watch list!


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