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NadineJ
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Re: Blockbusters
NadineJ   4/25/2013 1:01:12 PM
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From my understanding of his work, Hitchcock planned and controlled every detail.  He was very methodical.  Today, the special effects in a movie like The Birds seem underwhelming, but at the time, it was awesome.  Consider the shower scene in Psycho.  There was nothing like before.  I can see it in the precision in his decisions and process.

NadineJ
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Re: Interesting read...I was almost wondering
NadineJ   4/25/2013 12:55:45 PM
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Nancy-Maybe it's a generational thing.  I don't know.  But, I was taught that anyone should have the opportunity to follow their strengths.  It's not male vs female.  But, there are some truths that are often ignored.  Girls are interested and skilled in science and engineering but women have few opportunities.

Comments like "Just seems to be more guys are interested in engineering then gals, but then girls are usually more interested in interior design..." just seem really counterproductive and feeds the stereotyping that sets up road blocks.

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Re: Blockbusters
Rob Spiegel   4/25/2013 6:47:14 AM
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One of the things that is interesting about Hitchcock as an engineer is that you can't see it in his movies. You can see the technocrat tendencies in Carter's presidency. He seemed more focused on solving problems than he was on selling the resulting solutions poitically.  That's very engineer. But I don't see the engineer in Hitchcock's work.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: You missed Mr. Bean
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/25/2013 12:43:40 AM
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Right, nobler --- Atkinson's "Mr Bean" is the icon of "nerdy" – Yes, I've worked with many who fit that mold!   But my surprise from the list was the dominant number of Athletes & Politicians.

RICKZ28
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Ryan Newman
RICKZ28   4/24/2013 6:55:51 PM
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As a car racing fan, let me add NASCAR driver Ryan Newman that graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a BS in Engineering.  During his first full year in NASCAR Cup racing in 2002, for Penske Racing, he won six pole positions, won his first race, and was also Rookie of the Year (beating out Jimmie Johnson).  Ryan Newman has won 16 NASCAR Cup races so far during his career, including the Daytona 500 in 2008.  He currently drives for Stewart-Hass Racing, with teammates Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick.

His hobby is collecting vintage cars, his favorite being a 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Newman

 

Nancy Golden
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Re: Interesting read...I was almost wondering
Nancy Golden   4/24/2013 1:43:13 PM
I noticed some folks get upset about the male-female ratios in engineering, but as a female engineer it never much bothered me. While I have had my share of dealing with "good ole boys" (you can get your own coffee and I take mine black, thank you very much) I have found that there is always opportunities for those who truly want them, at least in my own personal experience. Competence typically beats out gender bias and in today's culture I think folks gravitate towards what they are interested in. Just seems to be more guys are interested in engineering then gals, but then girls are usually more interested in interior design...

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Re: John Sununu
Nancy Golden   4/24/2013 1:36:26 PM
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That quote - John Sununu's: "No level of glibness can get you through a thermodynamics exam" caught my attention as well. It certainly spreaks to the perseverence required to obtain an engineering degree and the character of folks who do...

NadineJ
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sigh...grrrr
NadineJ   4/24/2013 11:33:39 AM
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I have to admit that I was pretty riled up until the final slide.  I see the question "how to get girls more interested in engineering" asked here often but then, I see a slide show like this highlighting unknown engineers that seem to include a 'token' female.

Hedy Lamarr did a lot to contribute to engineering and the war effort but do we really have to go back 70 years to add a woman to this list?

On a lighter note, don't forget Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean).

mwrother
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Great list
mwrother   4/24/2013 11:23:19 AM
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I really enjoyed the slide show. Heady Lamar and Alfred Hitchcock were surprises, as was Tom Scholz from Boston. There seems to be quite a few Naval Acadamy Grads on the list as well, some more notable than others.

I noticed there seems to be a lot of movies and TV serials about Law, Medicine and other professions. I would like to see a list of movies and TV serials with engineering themes. One that come to mind, is "Bridge of the Rive Kwia", "flight of the Pheonix" and "The Worlds Fastest Indian". What are some others?

 

 

Jim_E
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Carter....
Jim_E   4/24/2013 11:06:18 AM
Carter was never a nuclear engineer as it has been reported over the years, although he did have some limited training in the Navy.

But, he did know enough about nuclear power to avoid harming the industry as badly as he did during his (thankfully) short tenure as president.

We would be far less reliant on coal / gas fired power plants today if the industry wasn't hurt so badly under his presidency.

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