Engineer Your Life (The Blog)
 
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In our mission to share with you as many cool, interesting things about the field of engineering, it occurred to us that we may not have told you enough about our web site. Trust us, it’s pretty great. There is a ton of info on there to help you navigate the ins and outs of engineering education and engineering as a career. 

 

So what is so great about it? We’re glad you asked…you can:


Explore the different types of engineering, from aerospace to environmental.

Meet inspiring women
who work in engineering. You know, just being creative. Just saving the world. Just another day at work ;)


Make it happen! Find out valuable information on how to take steps towards a bright future.


Oh, there’s stuff on there for counselors and parents too. Information about how they can help you get to where you want to be. Share it with them. We’re betting they’ll be glad you did.


Hope you enjoy it! Let us know what you think. We are always up for hearing suggestions on how to make it all better, cooler and more useful to you.

Dream big. Love what you do. Engineer Your Life.

 

 
 
All of us at EYL love meeting new friends that share our passion for equality and opportunity for girls. We bet you do too. So, we wanted to introduce you to the Dot Divas. These girls, like the EYL crew, see the excitement, creativity and opportunity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related career paths.

Specifically, the Dot Divas, “believe in the potential of computing to create a better world.” These gals have their finger on the pulse, literally. They realize the potential of a keystroke or a sharply written code to entertain people, solve environmental issues, and even save lives. They know that Dot Divas are cool, trendy, hip and in demand.  We have to agree on that one!

This Monday, September 27th, the Dot Divas will have their  formal debut, officially introducing themselves to the world at an all day event in Boston. In the morning alone guests will see the premiere of “Kate and Ali”—Dot Diva’s fun new webinar series. After that guests can attend a fashion show and robotics exhibit, and later can meet the ladies behind Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Here’s more on the event.
 
Sounds fun, right? Here’s the good news. After the event, much of the content and events of the day will be available via the Dot Diva web site. We’ll be sure and share it with you here, on Facebook, etc.  

Until then, check out the Dot Diva web site for tons of cool information and resources.  

To our Dot Diva pals—best of luck Monday! We’re guessing it will be fabulous. 

 
 
In an earlier post, we talked about engineering and its place in Hollywood. Sound engineers, animation artists, etc.---mainly those rock stars who work behind the scenes to make the magic happen. Well, our friends at the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) are working on an initiative to celebrate Hollywood’s positive on screen portrayals of engineering and STEM related careers. By doing this, the EIC challenges these unfortunate (and rampant) negative Hollywood portrayals.

 

Check out this quote in a recent BusinessWeek article from Richard Stephens, senior vice president of human resources at Boeing, a company working with the EIC on this initiative.

 

There's no shortage of scientists and engineers on TV and the movies, says Richard Stephens, senior vice-president of human resources and administration at Boeing. Many, however, are portrayed in an unsympathetic light. "In movies and on TV, 10 percent of characters are scientists and engineers," Stephens said in Congressional testimony on Feb. 4. "Unfortunately, of those more than 70 percent kill others, are killed, or are overcome by lay people.”

 

Unacceptable. That just has to change. Let’s support EIC and do what we can to turn turn the tide. As part of their initiative, EIC has launched The S.E.T. Awards to shine a light on the entertainment industry's most effective, accurate and entertaining portrayals of engineering and STEM related careers. 

 

Check out the award application. The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 30th.

 

Know any great shows that portray engineering and STEM related careers in a positive light? Nominate them and give them their long overdue moment in the spotlight!



Dream big. Hollywood, name in lights movie star big.

 

Love what you do. Engineer Your Life.

 

PS Feeling warm and fuzzy about the field of engineering? Wish you could do something to help spread the word that engineering rocks? Then take the Engineer’s Pledge, our new initiative to help support the field of engineering by banishing stereotypes and polishing its image. Go to our Pledge Facebook page and “like it.”  

The Pledge page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Engineers-Pledge/139865679358530

 

Thanks much.