Engineer Your Life (The Blog)

Another EYL kind of gal that we thought you might be interested in learning about. 

Let us tell you a story.

Emily Warren Roebling. Lived in the mid 19th century. Rule breaker. Tireless champion for women and their education. Engineer. 
Didn’t listen much to the “nos” and the “women can’t do that” she often heard. An embodiment of the Engineer Your Life mission.

Emily had an older brother, Gouverneur, that she was very close with; he was a civil engineer. Little Emily looked up to Gouverner (who was 13 years older than she was) and paid attention to what he did and how he did it.

Eventually, Emily got married. Her husband, Washington, was the engineer who became primarily responsible for the construction of The Brooklyn Bridge. 
When Washington became sick and could not carry out his work on the bridge, Emily stepped in. History tells us she was the liaison between her husband and the job site. 
As time went on she became less of a liaison and more of a leader. For over a decade, Emily was in charge. Most agree she was effectively the head engineer on the project.

In 1882, just one year before the bridge was scheduled to be completed, officials tried to fire the team of Emily and her husband due to his illness. 
In another first for women, Emily traveled to Washington DC and stood before a group of influential politicians and engineers, stating her case as to why they should remain on the project. She won her argument.

In 1883, The Brooklyn Bridge, arguably one of the most famous public construction projects on the planet, was completed. 
At the bridge’s dedication, Abram Stevens Hewitt, fellow engineer (and Roebling competitor) said:

"The name Emily Warren Roebling will…be inseparably associated with all that is admirable in human nature and all that is wonderful in the constructive world of art"

The Brooklyn Bridge has been registered as a National Historic Landmark and remains a symbol of American optimism and the power of technology and engineering. 
And Emily Roebling has a permanent and prominent place in the history of the engineering field.

It's all largely thanks to the spirit and perseverance of a little girl who loved engineering. We are pretty sure when Emily was watching her brother and thinking about her future, 
she wasn’t thinking why she couldn’t do that but when. We know EYL girls think the same way. 

Contact RPI to learn more about their Emily Roebling scholarship. It’s a good one. 

Bye for now.

Oh, a last fun fact from Wikipedia we couldn’t resist:

A year after it was opened, people questioned the bridge’s stability, and a potential backlash was brewing. PT Barnum, the consummate self-promoter, confirmed the bridge’s stability when his most famous elephant, 
Jumbo, led a parade of 21 elephants over the bridge.  Speaking of Jumbo, check out Tufts University’s engineering program…!




There's someone we'd like you to meet...

Veronica Belmont is a role model for the EYL community. A tv host, social media whiz and technology guru, Veronica has over one million followers on Twitter and 17,000 plus fans on Facebook. The woman knows what she is talking about. 

Veronica is a fan of Engineer Your life, and she was nice enough to answer a view questions for us about engineering and girls role in the field. 

Here's what she had to say: 

Q. Why should young women consider engineering as a college major and career? What’s cool about it? A. There are so many different options out there for women wanting to work in computer engineering and information technology. It covers so many different fields and opens so many doors! If you have a good understanding of computer engineering, you'll be able to find something interesting and rewarding to work on. Technology changes so fast; there's always a need for people to build and support it. 

Q. Who are some of your favorite female engineers? 
A. Colleen Kelly from the TWiT Network is basically the woman behind the curtain. She does everything! Other great women include Leah Culver, Ada Lovelace, and Daynah (PHP Princess). 

Q. Name three place for us that would be cool to work at as an engineer. Why?
A. Google is one of the top places to work as an engineer, but it can be really competitive! There are also hundreds of startups that are always looking for engineers and developers. NASA would be another amazing place to work, since you can help humanity explore the cosmos. You could also help design and create amazing product prototypes at a place like IDEO!

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