Re: Braving the wrath of the Porsche 944 Jihad
Germans are typically very compartmentalized in their engineering approach. Everyone has their role to play / design and you don't dare step outside of those boundaries. These engineers become very effective in their role, but unfortunately have little to no overlap thus resulting in overly complex engineering solutions. The success of the design eventually falls on the weakest player in the team.
Compare that to an American engineering approach where it's typical to have one or more "champions" that eventually spread themselves over the entire project. The success of the American project has typically relied on how strong the champion(s) is and how far they get spread out during the project. Remember; Henry Ford Sr. kidnapped a handful of engineers and brought them back to his airplane hanger (which is now the test track adjacent to Greenfield Village) for a couple weeks to develop his over head valve V8 engine. While nowhere near that extreme, that is still the general feel for American engineering.
I could go on for days about the cultural differences between American and German engineering. Both methods have their pros and cons.
Have you tried Aerospace? (tongue nearly poking through cheek)
This isn't rocketsurgery.