My curiosity for science began early in life with my passion for space. I was 13 years old during the first lunar landing. Seeing human beings on another celestial body opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities of technology.
Our continuing failure to devise and operate a coherent nationwide training program to help prepare young people for careers in modern manufacturing is a national disgrace, and one with potentially severe repercussions.
Once women have entered STEM, at every subsequent stage of their career, they run a gauntlet of subtle practical, psychological and social holes in the way of their promotions, appointment to boards, and other indicators of seniority.
In The Lego Movie Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, finds the "Piece of Resistance," thus fulfilling a prophecy that whoever finds it will save the universe. We engineers have been searching for years for something to save the engineering universe or at least increase interest in engineering.
Programming began to change my way of looking at poetry. To my surprise I found that writing code reminded me of writing poems. In the act of creation, you encounter the same tension of raw, boundless possibility against disciplined construction.
Income inequality is in the news these days, and for good reason. One big reason for the divide: gaps in educational attainment often widen gaps in wealth. The fate of African Americans and Latinos in engineering offers a case in point.
The dollars poured into tech education are motivated by a desire to create a stronger economy. Even though policy makers are pushing more STEM-education initiatives, we have not figured out a way to attract and train people successfully.
Access to knowledge and the subsequent mastery of it is such a precious and beautiful thing, but it could only be truly appreciated when you are trusted as an individual to utilize it for purposes larger than impressing an artificial system.
There is a rule of thumb in the world of software development that every single developer learns at the beginning of his/her career: "When something works, don't touch it." Well, the rules are meant to be broken, and that's exactly what we have done with the Phoenix project.
As architects and design lovers look forward accordingly, it is worth taking stock of the minute pantheon of enduring architectural excellence that has resulted from these seasonally alternating quadrennial attention-grabbing place makers.