This is a very strong group. We've got engineers who've developed smart glasses, DSP architectures, underwater robotic fish and even a prosthetic limb that grows with a child, among other things. Congratulations to all of our finalists.
Bobjengr, you've brought up a subject that I raised just a few minutes ago in a comment on the Gadget Freak story. I've never understaood why more women don't go into engineering. In 1988, an editor named Gail Robinson did a fantastic 10-page article for Design News about the reasons why women don't choose engineering (it was 10% at that time), and what was being done about it. The article mentioned lots of possible reasons -- lack of mentors, lack of parental encouragement at young ages, inadequate high school counseling, etc. But 26 years later, the number is still the same -- about 10%, as far as I know. High school girls do well in physics, so where is the disconnect and why?
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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