Also, I welcome all of you to join this initiative by Shachi Nandan Kakkar which he is leading to motivate high school students and youngsters to choose engineering in college. Engineering is not considered cool and trendy by youngsters and Shachi wants to change that mindset. He would like to see USA at the forefront of technological innovation and have enough exciting jobs for our graduates.
But, he needs your support in trying to find solutions. Corporate support is welcome.
I feel that sometimes the rising star competitions are limited to "rockstar" engineers and ones who lucked out on having a popular project or two. The guy who shows up to work every day, has projects on time, save money, etc never gets the recognition they deserve. How about a hapless engineer award?
Agreed, bobjengr. The medical world provides a great example of your point. Countless lives are saved every year by new diagnostic and surgical systems designed by engineers. Somehow, though, the engineers rarely get the credit for saving those lives.
bobjengr, you hit it right on the head. That's one of the key reasons why we're doing this. To bring some amount of recognitoin to people who really are changing the world, and getting very little credit for it.
One great thing provided by this"contest" is recognition of efforts expended by individuals in the engineering profession. I honestly believe that many working-blue-collar engineers receive far too little recognition and sometimes no praise for the work they accomplish. I have worked for managers who gave absolutely no "atta-boys" for good work, delivered on time and correctly implemented. They felt we were being paid and that was reward enough. Encouragement can go a long way to retaining engineering and strengthening the profession. This exercise is good for all parties.
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