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SAN FRANCISCO--It could just be a generational thing. Or it could be
something fundamentally different.
Young engineers today are fearless, energetic and wide open to the
possibilities the profession can bring them. They come from
engineering families and they don't. Some of their parents are
truckers, teachers, accountants. Some are scientists and engineers.
Some come from well-to-do backgrounds; some descend from American
Almost all tinkered at an early age and were often inspired by one
person, a teacher or a grandparent who invariably said "can you fix
this? Give it a try. There's no wrong answer." Some dream of
starting their own companies; others just want to solve tough
problems. Others love the life-long learning the profession
Ojas Bapat is one of the young and fearless. He works for Spansion
and is finishing his Ph.D in speech recognition algorithms at the
"I decided in 8th grade to be an engineer because I
liked fixing things--you know blenders and what not," he says in
an interview. "My parents always knew and never questioned my
decision to be an engineer, even though they had no idea what it
is like to be an engineer."
He also stood back and examined the state of the industry, where he
felt "industry trends seemed to be the best at the time and I stuck
with it because I liked it."
His colleague in Spansion's R&D department, Pawan Singh, echoes
"I enjoyed tinkering with things. I was always
playing with electronics – robotics, make small things, nothing
really fancy. I thought about getting into the pure sciences but
was drawn to more applied focus."