What Does An Engineer Look Like?

An argument for re-defining what (and who) makes a good Engineer

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  • Elijah McCoy — received his first patent in 1872 and included a lubrication device that became so important to the machinery industry that lore has its inspectors would ask the people running the equipment if they were using “the real McCoy”.
  • Grace Hopper — a computer scientist and US Navy read admiral, a pioneer in Computer Engineering. Her credits include the first documented “bug” and also invented one of the first compilers while also creating the COBOL computer language.
  • Sally Ride — an American astronaut and physicist became the first American woman in space in 1983.
  • Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan — while their accomplishments certainly stand on their own, these three were memorialized together in the award-winning book and film Hidden Figures.
  • Jose Hernandez-Rebollar — the inventor of the Acceleglove that can translate sign language into speech through sensors attached to the glove and arm.
  • France Córdova — an astrophysicist and administrator, who is the fourteenth director of the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was the eleventh President of Purdue University from 2007 to 2012. Boiler Up!

We all look like engineers.

Together, we can Engineer change in the world — no matter what we look like.

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Engineer. Manager. Husband. Father. Wanna-be Writer. Editor-In-Chief & Grand Poobah of www.kevinwanke.com

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