What’s in a Name?

Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  I think he means that it does not matter what something is called; what’s important is that it exists.  Or something like that – I’m an engineer, not a literature major.  I thought of this line a few months ago when contemplating a name change (and a renewed effort) to the Accidental Engineer Blog.


A lot has been happening here at Reactel.  Aside from the design and manufacture of world-class RF & Microwave Filters, Multiplexers and Multifunction Assemblies up to 67 GHz, behind the scenes I have been busy refreshing our logo and updating our marketing material.  The refreshed logo incorporates elements of the Maryland flag along with the “R” and Smith Chart from the original logo.  We are proud of our Maryland roots and the role that Maryland’s manufacturers play in RF & Microwave, so incorporating elements of our state’s flag seemed right.  Plus, it is by far the best state flag, so a little extra pop for the 7th state is a good thing.


In an earlier Blog entry, I touched on an article several years ago in Microwave Journal that noted the number of filter companies in Maryland.  It was a wonderful article detailing the history of filter manufacturers in my state and highlighted Reactel, among others.  Pulling on the thread of filter companies in Maryland and the flag-centric reimagination of our logo, it is only natural to change the blog’s name from “The Accidental Engineer” to “Maryland Filter Guy”.  There are many filter companies in Maryland, but only one “Maryland Filter Guy”.  With this new name comes a renewed effort to have entries more regularly.


I invite you to visit marylandfilterguy.com and read about the latest here at Reactel and industry items that I find interesting.  Additionally, I look forward to meeting you at upcoming conferences and events, I will not be hard to spot.