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Slideshow: Rising Engineering Star Finalists
1/6/2014

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Jonathan Perez de Alderete


President and founder of Nonspec, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jonathan has been the main innovator and driving force behind starting a company to provide pediatric amputees in developing nations with durable and inexpensive prosthetic limbs that 'grow' with the child. His 'bite-off-more-than-you-can-chew' approach has allowed him to accelerate the product's life cycle, and his leadership skills have driven the team to keep up with him. His innovation and determination to solve problems is contagious, and extensively encourages thought-out solutions that have the potential to change lives. Jonathan inspires by example and challenges those around him to think outside the box in order to solve real-world problems. His passion for helping others is evident in everything that he does.

Jonathan Perez de Alderete
President and founder of Nonspec, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Jonathan has been the main innovator and driving force behind starting a company to provide pediatric amputees in developing nations with durable and inexpensive prosthetic limbs that "grow" with the child. His "bite-off-more-than-you-can-chew" approach has allowed him to accelerate the product's life cycle, and his leadership skills have driven the team to keep up with him. His innovation and determination to solve problems is contagious, and extensively encourages thought-out solutions that have the potential to change lives. Jonathan inspires by example and challenges those around him to think outside the box in order to solve real-world problems. His passion for helping others is evident in everything that he does.

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ttemple
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Re: ENGINEERING STARS
ttemple   1/13/2014 10:22:21 AM
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1.) No women engineers in the group.  (Where is our country failing here?????)

I thought that a woman WON the contest, so there must have been at least one woman in the group.

ttemple
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ttemple   1/11/2014 8:33:22 PM
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Perhaps only 10% of women are interested in engineering as a career.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   1/8/2014 9:03:56 PM
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Bobjengr, you've brought up a subject that I raised just a few minutes ago in a comment on the Gadget Freak story. I've never understaood why more women don't go into engineering. In 1988, an editor named Gail Robinson did a fantastic 10-page article for Design News about the reasons why women don't choose engineering (it was 10% at that time), and what was being done about it. The article mentioned lots of possible reasons -- lack of mentors, lack of parental encouragement at young ages, inadequate high school counseling, etc. But 26 years later, the number is still the same -- about 10%, as far as I know. High school girls do well in physics, so where is the disconnect and why?

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bobjengr   1/7/2014 5:28:37 PM
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Excellent Post Lauren.  There are several things that really stand out for me, as follows:

1.) No women engineers in the group.  (Where is our country failing here?????)

2.) TI seems to be very well represented which is great.

3.)  Most engineers work for smaller companies.

4.)  Several are mentors--which is also great. (Hopefully the days of "sink or swim" are over.)

5.) Work ethic is mentioned in each case indicating a great passion for the profession. 

Very strong field and Mouser deserves credit for sponsoring this again.

 

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   1/7/2014 7:39:16 AM
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Good point, Chuck. And this is just a small picture of a profession that is changing our world for the better every day.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   1/6/2014 5:50:27 PM
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This is a very strong group. We've got engineers who've developed smart glasses, DSP architectures, underwater robotic fish and even a prosthetic limb that grows with a child, among other things. Congratulations to all of our finalists.

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