I've spoken about this with my wife, actually. And what I tell her is, if someone looked at what I do most of the working day, they would get totally bored. And yet, I'm having a blast! Figuring things out, communicating electronically with people everywhere, making new designs work as I think they should, and working out possible disagreements with others, to implement these new designs. And knowing that people's lives depend on all of this being right. But it's not easy see all of this furious activity from outside of my own head!
Let's get real, guys. TV and movies need to keep the viewer entertained. How is it remotely entertaining, to the casual viewer, to watch someone figuring out problems? If you can't show lots of action, you need to show lots of drama or emotion-charged situations. Those "eureka" moments we get just aren't visually stimulating enough for TV. But inside, we know different.
Yes becuase engineers harly get into any drama in real life. All these shows and movies are depiction of society. They normally have stories taken or inspired from real world. Engineers hardly get into any dramatic encounters like fashion designers or moview stars/doctors/lawyers or police men.
While not technically an engineer, at least Dr. Gregory House uses a decent amount of logic and deductive reasoning. McGiver may have arguably been the last "engineer" (not even sure if that was his title). In any case, if we can get people and kids interested in thinking logically and problem solving we may be able to reel them in to engineering.
Sheetal's point is a good one, I think. It's not so much that engineers don't get into dramatic situations, perhaps, but it's that these situations don't typically constitute part of our job.
The most drama I get in my job is the dreaded meetings. Meetings are where you spoon-feed managers, essentially, because they can't get this stuff on their own. So as far as the actual job goes, the drama part is when you're mostly wasting your time.
Whereas, Dr. Gregory House, since someone brought him up, has to deal with people more directly, as the most important part of his job. That *is* his job.
Let's face it, engineering work doesn't make interesting television. We aren't actively saving lives, chasing bad guys or making dramatic arguments in court.
Perhaps one can imagine a dramatic series that has an engineer as a character and that places him or her in tough situations, where engineering expertise is used to save the day -- think of Scotty on Star Trek.
But even Scotty's work would have looked very boring on TV if he had been doing it all when the Enterprise was in dry dock back on Earth. But put him out in space, with the ship under attack, and suddenly his engineering work is very exciting.
Looks like many in entertainment business completely overlooked successes of shows like CSI and build on it. I have enjoyed many episodes where characters cite things like Curies temperatures, piezoelectric effects, etc.
Engineers are the behind the scenes types for now in every day drama. But wait till this alternate energy and clean tech takes off... we will move to the forefront!
@Bert22306: I hear you! I am NOT one of those managers -it is the other way around, I give a lot of ideas/feedback to my team in meetings!
Engineers to be brought into TV shows.xamples are those in space research, satelite designs,sophisticated instruments in the fields of medical diagonasis,geology,contributors towards education,inventors of new technology . definitely pople will enjoy viewing their achivements and it will induce the minds of youth.
Two comments to the above:
--yes, there are shows where engineers are key to the plotline or to helping the lead characters, but that's not the same as being the lead
--re McGyver: I heard so much about this series over the years that I actually got DVDs of the series from a library, watched about 10-12 episodes, and was very disappointed: the actual amount of "engineering" or improvisation is very, very little. Somehow, the show has a lingering reputation that is much more impressive than the episodes I saw!