The emerging generation of engineers is different from previous generations and it may not be just youthful enthusiasm.
Bapat and Singh hail from India; Jeff Moriarty, Jake Johnson
and George Kellerman do not.
They hail from Minnesota and have been friends since college. They
represent a breed of fearless young engineers who not only excel
what they do during the day, they take whatever extra energy they
have at quitting time and push it into side ventures at night. The
three are building a business called Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.,
with brews called "Ampere Biere," "Schottky Pumpkin," and "Short
Moriarty, Kellerman and Johnson are using Arduino hardware and
open-source software to build a brewing system that's more precisely
calibrated in the boiling phase than traditional brewhouses.
"We used CAD tools to design our structure. We bought
the steel and have welded parts together. We've been creating a
nano-brewery that mimics all the portions of a major brewery."
Significantly, Johnson, Kellerman and Moriarty (pictured below, in order, left to right
) do not come from
engineering families. This may or may not explain their wide-eyed,
fearless approach to the industry. They're also famished for
knowledge as they begin their careers. Johnson put it best:
"The most memorable conference I have attended was
FTF last summer. Up to that point I had never went to a large
conference and it was just really cool to be able to go to a
bunch of classes and do some hands on learning. There was also
the most amazing class on high speed digital design that was
done really well and full of practical detail and implementation
strategies that I could go and directly apply to my job."
Overall, younger engineers are savvy with but not obsessed about
social media and how it can be used in engineering work. Mainly,
they turn to a nearby colleague with questions--an experienced
colleague--and then expand their search online for more information.
These are snippets from just a few of the next-generation of
engineers, an energetic cohort that stands on some pretty strong
shoulders. I'm looking forward to hearing more in late January at
DesignCon when organizers host a panel session "Engineering
the Next Generation
" with some of the young and the
Oh, and what advice do young engineers have for slightly younger engineers considering the profession?
"My advice to student engineers is to seek positions in companies that seek to compete with value-added differentiators – in quality, performance, functionality. These are the companies that will emerge and endure as successful enterprises over the long term and provide interesting opportunities for growth. While looking for a job, fresh graduates should concentrate on the job profile, rather than the name or cool factor of the company in the industry. There are lot of good opportunities in lesser known companies."
A lot of wisdom for such a young engineer!
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