Christian Fell, FRABA Inc.
Joshua Israelsohn, JAS Technical Media
Dan Jones, Motor/Motion Controls expert
Anthony Le, Spansion
Ron Moore, Avnet Electronics Marketing
David Niewolny, Freescale Semiconductor
Robbie Paul, Digi-Key
Steve Sargeant, The Marvin Group
Aung Thet Tu, Fairchild Semiconductor
Rick Weitfeldt, Qualcomm
We’ve been busy collecting stories for our 2016 “Year of the Engineer” and there are some great tales out here. I’ve decided to publish our first story right
here in my editor’s note and you’ll start to see them online soon!
Our first story comes from Industrial Engineer, Tamara Wilhite.
It reads, “My husband and I are both engineers. My ten year
old son wants to be an engineer, though our daughter does not. We
discussed your article.
My son wanted to be a “designer” by age 6, his word for an
inventor. He wanted to make stuff that did cool stuff, and he
converted to “engineer” once told that that was the job category to
do what he wanted to do.
My husband wanted to be an engineer because he wanted
to turn dreams into reality, create things to make the world a
I was converted by older science fiction novels. I’ve heard
stories of book covers showing a great, glorious future and
optimistic outlook—if only we had engineers and scientists to
create that world. Or a book or Asimov magazine cover described
as the one that launched a thousand engineering careers. To some
degree, we need to wonder if all the dystopian science fiction like
climate literature is turning people off to science and technology,
in addition to engendering pessimism about the future.
There is also something to be said of the creeping in of liberal
arts and creative arts into STEM. I have taken both my son’s and
daughter’s troops to engineering day at the local college, but I’ve
seen events morph into STEAM, throwing art in there. Cavemen
had art, but they didn’t have running water, electricity, labor
saving devices that freed women from housework so they could
work outside the home ... engineers built that. And the people who
make it pretty are not as important as the people who make it
work, though the artists get more kudos in our civilization than
the ones actually building and maintaining it (the latter being
something Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs brings up often).
Our daughter is interested in audiovisual editing, accounting
and a few other topics, the artistic recessive gene expressed in
the family. But I know where she gets it, because I write science
fiction as a hobby.
I hope my children inherit an even better world than the
one we live in, and despite all the emphasis on social justice
and micro-aggressions, there are still around two billion people
without regular electricity, safe running water, sewer/waste
disposal. We need cheaper power for all, safer manufacturing
processes and better service delivery of essentials like education
and healthcare, whether via an internet or matter-net of drones is
to be determined. But we still need engineers to create that better
world for the bottom billions, and focusing people on real world
problems we CAN solve will make the world a better place AND
encourage many to take up shovels and 3D drafting tools to get us
there instead of agitating over little things those sitting in the cold,
dark slums know to be luxuries.”
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Until next issue,
KASEY PANETTA | EDITOR
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