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1/30/2013 05:45 AM EST
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Bert22306   1/30/2013 9:33:27 PM
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Articles like this make me think there's still hope for the future. Good comments, from obviously self-motivated kids. What else could anyone want? The role model issue is real, although thinking back at my own experience, maybe not that important? My dad was certainly not an engineer or in the sciences, although he did tinker with stuff more or less (did some quite unsafe electrical wiring, though!!). So I doubt you must have that kind of family tie. Teachers are very important, but ultimately, it has to be internal. I think that kids who feel a need to know how and why stuff works know they have that interest, know that very likely few of their friends share that interest, and these kids may not even know what engineering is. Not until they're ready to apply for college. In school, you're exposed to sciences, not to engineering. So for example, I thought I would go into sciences until I discovered the subtle difference, right around the time when I had to pick a college major.

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old account Frank Eory   2/1/2013 5:55:45 PM
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The family tie probably helps, but I agree it's not necessary. There were no engineers in my extended family or my parents' circle of friends when I decided to pursue engineering. I also agree that high schools teach science & math, but not much about engineering. Even as a parent of an engineering student -- one who always excelled at and enjoyed math & science -- I remember her trying to decide on a college major and her career goals and asking me lots of questions about what is engineering and what do engineers actually do. I think that is symptomatic of a more general lack of career counseling at the high school level. Lots of students -- very bright and hard-working students -- come out of high school with very little idea of their many career possibilities and matching those to their interests & skills. It's no surprise that so many college students change majors during the course of their studies.

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sunilk_1   1/31/2013 3:14:02 AM
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It is so heartening to see these youngsters not only motivating themselves to become engineers but also inspiring other kids to choose engineering as their profession. They make engineering appear cool and fashionable. America needs many more engineers and our youngsters have the capability of making us a powerhouse of technology innovation. We should encourage them to stay their path and they will do the same to us.

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chanj0   1/31/2013 7:07:14 AM
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Engineering ties closely to creativity. It doesn't mean all engineers are able to create. It means most can be part of it and some will indeed the creator. The most interesting part of engineering training doesn't finish from graduation. Most young engineers need a good mentor to enlighten their potential. Ultimately, the willingness of the engineers to keep enrich themselves is the key component of long term success. Excellent article. :)

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sunilk_1   1/31/2013 8:22:38 AM
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It is so heartening to see these youngsters not only motivating themselves to become engineers but also inspiring other kids to choose engineering as their profession. They make engineering appear cool and fashionable. America needs many more engineers and our youngsters have the capability of making us a powerhouse of technology innovation. We should encourage them to stay their path and they will do the same to us.

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Paul Glaubitz   2/1/2013 10:22:52 PM
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I agree. One thing that helps is the program. Having been involved with FIRST (through FIRST Lego League) myself they have great programs. They promote and generate interest in engineering. They also promote mentoring. Several of the members of the team I coached last year who had aged out of FLL, came back to mentor other teams in the area. They still compete on the High School's FTC and FRC teams.

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TobiasX   1/31/2013 2:07:12 PM
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People without c65 (or less) tech. experience shouldn't call them engineers...

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anitish   1/31/2013 4:52:20 PM
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Engineering is about working out how much we understand about how things work-out, putting theory in practice. Nobody can do engineering in real-time, therefore it is more of a retrospective analytical subject as much as forethought is also required in design part, while compared to say medicine where you are required to deliver everything you know about right away. So, Engineers are seen fixing things that are either broken or not yet created. Its not about saving a life, but making life more meaningful by debugging out the glitches.

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Dr. Internet   1/31/2013 4:54:47 PM
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My Dad was a tinkerer, but taught me that I could make or fix anything, if I put my mind to it. I was an ET in the Navy and went back after to get my BSEE. Went on to get MSPM. Son is PhD in Nuclear Eng. Still don't have the recognition of attorneys, MDs, and architects, but that is probably our own fault. Still happy being an engineer and PM.

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gatorfan   1/31/2013 6:30:45 PM
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What I challenge our press colleagues in the Engineering domain (hint, hint EE Times) to do is to bring out the burning passion of people and the work they pour their heart into. Yes, report on the facts and the merits of the work, but bring out the people and I believe it will go a LONG ways to killing the engineering stereotype of anti-social or recluse.

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rick merritt   1/31/2013 6:39:53 PM
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I'll work on that!

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Paul Glaubitz   2/4/2013 4:42:26 PM
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You might want to check out FIRST's World Championship in St.Louis at the end of April.

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CapnJJ   1/31/2013 6:44:02 PM
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I recruit engineers, since I did not study engineering in college I am encouraging my daughter to get ready for that as a career or and MD. Comment was made that engineering does not have the same recognition as Attorneys, MDs and Architects. Of the three, MDs really are a plus, Architects struggle more these days especially, but engineers actually make and fix things. They make things work for all of the above. I appreciate working in engineering as a recruiter, I learn a lot, especially since many engineering companies and related are learning environments. Unlike IT, engineers respect others and many teach those willing to assist them.

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matthew180   1/31/2013 7:36:56 PM
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Mythbusters. I'm not sure how you could get larger more public science and engineering role models than they are. Every industry has its "behind the scenes" people. For Theater it is the "techy", in the movies it is the "grip or set guy", in music it is the "sound guy", etc. These people are never seen and don't get to "take a bow" at the end of the show. However, if the lights fair during a performance, you think the audience will blame the actors? Heh. If you are looking for public recognition, appreciation, credit, or changing stereotypes, you better find another line of work. Otherwise you are talking about changing human nature, and that just won't happen.

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Sparky_Watt   2/4/2013 6:45:24 PM
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My wanting changes in perception isn't about me. It is about the future of our profession and our kids. The mythbusters are creative technicians, they aren't engineers and it shows in every show they produce. But they do create interest and unlike many "techies" they seem to know their limits; both good things. The real problem is that we don't have people like vonBraun who are both highly educated engineers and popular figures. If I might refer to the movie "October Sky", we need the perception to be more like Homer, and less like Quentin.

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selinz   1/31/2013 10:10:43 PM
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My first boss at Motorola told me that engineers are essentially the blue collar workers in companies that design things. Having just received my Ph.D., I didn't really appreciate what he said. Now after working over 20 years as an engineer, I can appreciate what he means.

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elPresidente   2/1/2013 10:33:37 AM
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Doomed - no desire for mentoring. They know it all already.

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sunilk_1   2/7/2013 1:31:20 AM
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If only there was a high school kid on the board of every corporation, the costly mistakes would have been avoided.

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sunilk_1   2/7/2013 1:34:43 AM
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Also, read this blog: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/views-from-a-young-electronics-engineer/4406348/Driving-test

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anshulgupta1960   2/17/2013 5:10:44 AM
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I noticed that you posted this the same day the blog post was published. I would like to emphasize that the comment section is not a classified section for you to promote other blogs, more so because it has nothing to do with this article - it is just your son's writing.

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Duane Benson   2/20/2013 12:56:45 AM
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In most cases, I would agree. However, in this case, Shachi, the blog author was mentioned in the original article here and EDN is an eeTimes sister publication. Shachi mentioned his dad as an inspiration getting him on the engineering path, which is the subject of the article. In my opinion, this is just an example of good parental support that is right on the subject of the original article. Not everyone gets parental inspiration. Some get it from teachers or other mentors, some from people they don't even known and some create it internally. But, the more kids we can inspire to pursue a career creating things, the better off we'll all be.

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anshulgupta1960   2/21/2013 7:20:47 AM
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Hi Duane, I would generally agree as well. However, I had a quick look at his twitter as well as a few other articles, and it looks more and more like spam to me. Please take a look and let me know what you think: twitter.com/weverifyit

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AMIT IIT D   2/21/2013 10:56:32 AM
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Hi Anshul, though i would have not written it, but it seems that you are stopping someone at personal level. I have seen couple of blogs by Shachi .. I see them, as a high schooler how much he is capable for, and trying his best to get into the engineering field. I think you must support him and his thinking as a newcomer in the technology field. Nothing offensive here ?

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anshulgupta1960   2/21/2013 9:32:00 PM
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Hi Amit, I am not commenting on whether or not Shachi is capable of great things. I was just pointing out that it is not correct for his dad to repeatedly spam various articles with links to Shachi's articles. (Just today he commented once again on this article with a link to an interview with Shachi)

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Duane Benson   2/18/2013 1:08:31 AM
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Engineers and technology minded people are, in general, much more respected today than when I was young. There are role models in real life and in media, but still nowhere near as many or as high a profile role models as in sports, acting and other non-technical fields. I don't have a problem with those other fields having stars. I just wish there were more engineering and science stars. There has been a lot of improvement in that direction though. What I find most disappointing is the negative image girls still have and get about technology. I think it has a lot more negative social stigma that it does with boys and it's long past time for that gap to be gone.

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sunilk_1   2/20/2013 12:42:45 AM
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Duane, I cannot agree more, with you. There is a lot of glamour attached now to Wozniaks, Jobs, Gates and Ellisons of today, but we are no where close to the status of sports and acting stars. Shachi has attempted to change some of that perception in his EDN blogs by trying to compare Olympians and NBA stars to engineers. Below is a link to his EDN blogs: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/4390630/Views-from-a-Young-Electronics-Engineer I will also explore with him if he can do a few blogs on the valuable role of women in engineering.

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sunilk_1   2/21/2013 10:11:00 AM
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Diya TV talks to Shachi about his blog on EDN.com : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9ceXBg5L6g

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anshulgupta1960   2/21/2013 9:34:09 PM
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Sunil, this is what I was talking about. As Duane said, the link to his articles may be appropriate. However, linking to his interviews and other news articles *about* him is more PR stunt than anything. Hope I am not being rude, just my honest opinion.

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sunilk_1   2/23/2013 5:01:45 AM
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Please support: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/serious-fun/4407077/Why-engineers-are-awesome

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sunilk_1   2/23/2013 5:07:22 AM
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Another great initiative for young engineers: https://www.engineeringforchange.org/home

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