Design News brand director Rich Nass picks two important topics for his weekly video blog: Engineers top the list of starting post-graduation salaries, and since it's the 20th anniversary of the Internet, what do you think has been the most life-changing invention of our time?
Cray was probably way ahead of the non-defense world. 1990 was before Al Gore sponsored the legislation that opened the Internet up to the public. I imagine you were aware of the online services back in the 1980s -- Nexus/Lexus, McGraw Hill, Dialog, Compuserve. Even Sears has an online system -- can't remember its name. Knight Ridder invest heavily in Vutron because they thought online delivery of info would someday overtake paper. Their falgship paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, was the first paper to present all of its content online.
Rob, I'm almost embarrassed to make this comment but, I asked my three boys why they did not go into the engineering profession. I told them it was absolutely fascinating to "invent" and be on the cutting edge of technologies people could actually use to benefit their lives. "Well dad, we've talked to mom about that and she told us the first two years you were married you were in school and she only saw you on the weekends. We don't want to work that hard". Salaries aside, I feel we are losing the battle in convincing talented young people to take a look at our profession. Of course it's hard and (I'm told) studying takes away from your "beer time" but, what a great profession it is. The very fact that we are graduating fewer engineers is really a downer for me and I'm worried if we can and /or have the willingness to make the necessary corrections. I will say this, in working with engineers over the globe, the quality and resourcefulness of our guys and gals compared to theirs is quite gratifying. We clearly excel and graduate people head and shoulders above most in the world.
Hey Bobjengr, sounds like Mom put a bit of a kabash on engineering for your kids. Many fields, though, have their years of total consumption of time. Just look at medical. Not sure why students have turned away from engineering. Perhaps it's because we don't have a strong enough space program to inspire young people. The space program was a find inspiration for about two generations.