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Engineering in the Media
from real engineers working in the field
In this issue:
Dean Earl Davis and Nora Shriner
of Boeing Company
Engineering in the Media
Considerations for depiction
and in films
Women can be engineers, too!
popular belief, engineering isn't just a career field for "boys with
their toys". In fact, there are plenty of successful female engineers
working in the field. Consider incorporating the positive portrayal of
female engineers into your next storyline.
in mind that engineers are not "computer geeks". Engineering
encompasses a wide range of jobs and roles, from designing roller
coasters to developing state-of-the-art sound studios for recording
artists. Consider steering away from the "computer geek" stereotype and
dream up a character with a more unconventional career in engineering.
There's no "I" in TEAM
don't stay cooped up in laboratories all day. Engineers work with a
wide array of other professionals such as animators, architects,
astronomers, chemists, physicians, and meteorologists. Think about
presenting the teamwork aspect of engineering into your next storyline.
| || REAL STORIES:|
Dean Earl Davis
Dean Earl Davis
Boeing SeniorAerospace Principal Scientist/Engineer
As a child, Dean liked to play as
a spy, soldier, super hero, fighter pilot and astronaut. While other kids on
his block could tell information about cars or sports stars, he could recite
military warplane data with fine detail.
In the early years of the American/Soviet Space Race, teachers would wheel televisions into the
classroom, so the students could witness the first American Mercury and Gemini
manned space flights. These simple televised events inspired Dean's first
interest in the space program.
he was ten, his dad took him to his first air show at Amarillo Air Force Base,
where a Convair B-58 Hustler bomber made a low-altitude supersonic pass over
Dean said, "I
was hooked when I saw, felt, and heard the results of that first sonic boom-I
knew I wanted to get into the aerospace business."
Dean loved to use his innovative
and creative talents to draw fantastic inventions for hours at a time and come
up with plans for how to solve mankind's most difficult problems of limited
energy resources, thirst, pollution, transportation, and war. In eighth grade he decided to become an
Today, Dean solves problems every
"I get paid to have fun, so I love my engineering and science career.
Today, I design spacecrafts, human habitats, and surface exploration systems for
future manned missions to the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and comets. I am
developing space solar power systems the size of a city in space to provide
power from the Sun to the Earth 24 hours a day to reduce our need to use
fossil fuels and prevent global warming."
Imagine traveling from Los Angeles to
Hong Kong in 45 minutes!
"I'm developing hypersonic systems that can do just
that," said Dean.
How Dean's story could inspire YOUR next great idea
solar power uses satellites to collect solar energy and beam it back to
Earth, reducing dependency on traditional energy sources. Consider
depicting this futuristic technology as the green energy of
tomorrow...but what would happen if we lost touch with our satellites?
vehicles can transport passengers faster than the speed of sound.
Imagine how globalization would change if we could circle the globe in
just a few hours!
- The idea of lunar habitats and space
colonies has long played a role in science fiction and pop culture, but
what was once part of the imagination may soon become a reality. With
advancements like this, we could transform a movie like Avatar into our
every day lives.
Nora Shriner Growing up in 1960s and 1970s, Nora's teachers and
counselors discouraged her from studying math and science. She was told she could not do well and
the courses were not useful for a girl. Instead, she was encouraged to take
Home Economics, Sociology, History, and English.
Boeing Software Engineer
Instead, Nora pursued a degree in Kinesiology. She was lucky to get a job as an
exercise consultant after graduation but was paid only minimum wage for a repetitive
and tedious job. She knew that she
needed a change and a job that could keep her interested and challenged for more
than a few months -- so she chose to return to school and study electrical
chose the field of electrical engineering for the good salary, variety of job
options and intellectually stimulating material.
But a big part of her wanted
to prove wrong all of those people who told her that girls couldn't do math.
Her math-intensive major sure proved
that females can do math. Nora has
been with Boeing for 22 years and says she has never been bored!
How Nora's story could inspire YOUR next great idea
- Like Nora, Emily Roebling didn't
imagine that she would one day pursue a successful career in
engineering. But when her husband, who was the lead engineer working on
the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, was injured on the job, Emily
took over the bridge's supervision, helping to complete what was once
the longest suspension bridge in the world. Consider incorporating
strong female engineers into your next storyline.
Edison, one of the most famous electrical engineers who ever lived, is
credited with inventing the light bulb, the movie camera, and making
recorded music possible. Imagine how different our world would be if
none of these things had ever been discovered.
story is one of a female's experience in overcoming her fears of
entering a male-dominated industry. Consider other industries, such as
nursing, that are largely dominated by one gender. Consider mixing
things up by avoiding these professional gender stereotypes in your next
Computer Engineer Barbie!
Last winter, the Mattel corporation called upon consumers from all over the world to vote for Barbie's 126th career. The winning career? Computer engineer, the first Barbie profession to be chosen by popular vote. Mattel teamed up with the National Academy of Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers to hone Barbie's image, which includes a stylish pink laptop and cell phone headset.
"All the girls who imagine their futures through Barbie will learn that
engineers - like girls - are free to explore inﬁnite possibilities,
limited only by their imagination," says Nora Lin, President, Society
of Women Engineers. "As a computer engineer, Barbie will show girls
that women can turn their ideas into realities that have a direct and
positive impact on people's everyday lives in this exciting and
Did You Know..?
Engineers are turning
science fiction into reality!
Engineers at NASA and ESA designed the
Cassini Equinox Mission's spacecraft, which recently returned potential
evidence of life on Saturn's moon, Titan.
engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working on a
HyperSoar aircraft that would transport passengers at 6,500 MPH. Flying
at Mach 10, the aircraft would reach any point on the globe in just two
EIC wants YOU to inspire the NEXT GENERATION of filmmakers!
We're calling all writers, producers, directors and film enthusiasts to serve as mentors for our GENERATION NEXT film contest, a program that connects engineering and film students to create short films.
Interested in participating?
Contact Larry Deutchman for more information.
Ready on the S.E.T. and...ACTION!
The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), through its Entertainment and Media Communication Institute, has joined with the Boeing Company to launch the Ready on the S.E.T. and...ACTION! project, a nationwide initiative to elevate the importance of science, engineering and technology (S.E.T) in the eyes of the public in order to encourage future generations to pursue careers in these fields.
For more information on this project, click here.
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