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Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers

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Dave Palmer
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Re: Interesting read...I was almost wondering
Dave Palmer   4/23/2013 4:24:38 PM
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@jacksos1: Unfortunately, 1 out of 18 more or less reflects the proportion of women engineers as a whole (at least when it comes to mechanical and electrical engineering -- some fields, like chemical or industrial engineering, have a somewhat higher proportion of women).  And several decades ago, which is when most of these people were active, the proportion was even lower.

I recently submitted an article about engineers in the U.S. Congress, which hopefully will be published soon.  Joe Barton, who is included in Chuck's slideshow, is one, but there are a total of 15 in the current Congress; none of them are women. 

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   4/23/2013 8:40:12 PM
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Those are good ones, Debera. If we get enough as good as those, maybe we can do a part 2.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   4/23/2013 8:42:22 PM
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That's what I was afraid of, Dave. The percentage of women in engineering used to be accepted at around 10%. I don't know if it has gone up in recent years, but in the days of Hedy Lamarr and Alfred Hitchcock, it was certainly lower.

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   4/24/2013 2:02:54 AM
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Charles, thank you for a glimpse of history.  This was quite an interesting article.  I didn't know there were ANY engineers in congress; maybe more engineers and fewer lawyers might improve the workflow in DC.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   4/24/2013 3:48:19 AM
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Thanks for this cool bit of information and retrospective, Chuck. A lot of this is news to me! I guess the moral of hte story is that engineering gives you a good basis for success in many areas! And it makes sense, given the intelligence and logic required. It sets the stage for all kinds of other skills, I think.

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r3son8tr   4/24/2013 9:42:42 AM
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the moral of this story is "Get the degree but don't enter the field if you want to succeed". Interesting that only one person featured in the article actually created something technical (Hedy Lamarr) but wasn't trained as an engineer, all of the others avoided the field entirely.

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No level of glibness......
ChasChas   4/24/2013 9:53:56 AM
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When you look at who contributes the most for the advancement of civilization, all these people "wasted their talents". They went for the buck, ego and fame instead of using their talent as they were meant to.

We can blame our society's value system. 

Our engineers are under-paid, under-appreciated, and treated like a commodity by the big ego sector - that claims all the credit.

Where would anybody be without engineers? There would be no use for any of these ex-engineer's alter talents.

John Sununu's: "No level of glibness can get you through a thermodynamics exam."

John pretty much says it all.

My soul is not for sale.

 

shrimper53
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Re: Interesting read...I was almost wondering
shrimper53   4/24/2013 9:54:48 AM
TJ, you are SOOOOOO right.  Although I think too, in a number of the cases... (i.e. Carter , Hoover....)  we may have all been way better off if they 'd stuck to the educational roots....

Very interesting article, Charles.. highly enjoyable....! Hitchcock was indeed the biggest surprise to me.

 

nobler
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You missed Mr. Bean
nobler   4/24/2013 10:03:58 AM
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson has his degree in electrical engineering from Oxford.  That should be all the explanation you need for Mr. Bean -- surely you have worked with one (or more) during your career!

esb
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another engineer out of his field
esb   4/24/2013 10:19:55 AM
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The smartest general you never heard of was the Australian, Sir John Monash.  As an engineer he built railroads, introduced reinforced concrete to Australia, and electrified the state of Victoria.  Oh, by the way, he also was an educator, a lawyer, and a concert pianist as well as being a "Saturday afternoon soldier", a reservist.  When World War One broke out he shipped out for Gallipoli and then, after being prehaps the last Aussie to leave the beach, he made his name on the Western Front.  In 1918 he took command of the Austrlian Corps and spearheded the "hundred days" assault that won the war.  He revolutionized tactics, never lost a battle, was given gredit by the Germans for inventing the blitzkrieg.  His meticulous planning, technical innovations (like air dropping ammunition to advancing troops), and attention to training made is diggers, man for man, about two and half times as effective as other units, as measured by ground captured, prisoners captured, and guns captured.  After the war, in addition to engineering, he was active in veterans' affairs (he sent his idle men to school, "inventing the GI bill"), boy scouts, and other civic afairs.  His face is on the Australian $100 bill. 

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