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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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).
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?
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.