@memorycell- Fully agree!! This is blatant "age-ism".
Epic fail...older people in many fields have to constantly fight the attitude embodied in the blog title while seeking or keeping a job . There have been many articles on the topic in DN. If the title of this blog appeared in a job posting it would probably be illegal.
@Lauren and Mouser- Shame on you !!
Full disclosure, I am over 50 but would feel the same way if I were 30.
@memorycell: The point is not that nobody over 40 is making contributions to industry; in fact, it's taken for granted that engineers over 40 are making contributions. The idea (correct or not) is that engineers under 40 will have more need for recognition, since they will have had less time to establish themselves. The thinking (again, whether correct or not) is that high-achieving engineers over 40 will be in highly-visible leadership positions, while younger engineers may still be working behind the scenes.
Of course, due to demographic trends, there are significantly more engineers over 40 than under 40. There are many older engineers who are huge assets to their organizations due to their extensive experience, but who are not well-known because they have opted to remain on the technical track, rather than moving up the management ladder. (It's rarely the case that a company's Vice President of Engineering is actually the company's best engineer -- but the Vice President is the one who is most likely to be profiled in a magazine).
These engineers deserve to be recognized, too. Maybe there should be a top 50 over 50?
An article on engineers over 65 would also be interesting. There are many different approaches to retirement, which range all the way from continuing to work full-time or part-time, to becoming a consultant or entrepeneur, to pursuing engineering-related hobbies, to sitting on a beach. (These options are not necessarily mutually exclusive, either).
You know its not just the engineers under 40 who are making big moves in the industry. I've been a customer of Mouser for many years - maybe I should reconsider. This is probably the most discriminatory article, or contest, I've ever seen on Design News.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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