When I was an undergrad, I dated an engineer (me in EE, she in optics, so very similar fields mathematically speaking). No girls in my EE class. One in optics. Two in Mech E. I didn't find the related fields to be a problem at all. No girls in my grad school class either.
Married a school teacher. She might, no she does, have a thing or two to say about engineers. But since we've been married more than 30 years, you can probably guess it's been fun!
In a couple where one is an engineer and the other is not, there can sometimes be a peculiar level of cross-training. I'm an EE and my wife is an accountant, but I enjoy taking care of the finances, bills & investments and she enjoys fixing things :)
Well I did marry an engineer 27 years ago. That she was an engineer had nothing to do with the decision, other than the fact we met through a mutual classmate during our undergrad years. She pursued her engineering career for 10 years, and then quit to become a mom and later a school teacher. She has excelled at all three of these wonderful professions, and I am blessed to share my life with her.
That's a great point but "inbreeding"? What are you reading?
Anyway, I'm up there with Museum Curator guy in terms dissimilar professions: I married a dance major.
Anyway, early on in marriage I recall her reaction when I brought home my new circular saw. She looked at me bug-eyed saying "Whaddya gunna do with THAT?!" To which I replied incredulously "What CAN'T be done with this?" Many home improvement projects later, she finally gets it.
So that's a little taste of what it's like to be with an engineer. Me? Ha! No way. I couldn't stand being with someone like myself.
Inbreeding is an ironic expression that refers to a lack of diversity. Some even speculate a link between autism and autism-like conditions: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/engineers-and-autism . Ironic.
I would never do that!
My wife is a saint and puts up with all my Type-A characteristics as well as my 'need' to over-analyze and fix every problem.
We work amazingly well together on home projects and she never doubts that I can fix anything in the house (don't tell her I really can't - I've been milking this for years!)
She also has come to understand the 'bond' between and engineer and his power tools.
As I said - she is a saint and I thank the lord everyday that she consented to be with me these last 33 years.