The Pride, Passion,  and Joy of Engineering David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois ...
The Joy of Engineering <ul><li>Some may find use of terms “joy” and “engineering” together unusual. </li></ul><ul><li>But ...
Roadmap <ul><li>Engineering: Liberal arts education for 21 st  century.  </li></ul><ul><li>A creative and constructive pro...
Liberal Arts for the 21 st  Century <ul><li>Liberal arts majors view engineering education as narrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Ce...
Closer to the Truth Without tech in 21 st  century, not even qualified to be criminal.
Creative & Constructive Profession <ul><li>The scientist merely explores that which exists, while the engineer creates wha...
Engineering Pride <ul><li>Engineering is marvelous education and profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, engineers get wedged b...
Bacon and Science’s Little Secret <ul><li>Observe also, that if sciences of this kind had any life in them, that could nev...
Engineering to the Rescue <ul><li>Still more Bacon:  </li></ul><ul><li>In the  mechanical arts  we do not find it so: they...
Oops! Science from Engineering <ul><li>We’ve got it backwards. </li></ul><ul><li>Father of science, Bacon: Science must le...
Who Invented Business? <ul><li>A. D. Chandler (1977):  Of the new forms of transportation the railroads were the most nume...
Who Were These Pioneers? <ul><li>The men who managed these enterprises became the first group of modern business administr...
Business from Engineers, too! <ul><li>Another historical inversion. </li></ul><ul><li>Modern business is an  engineering  ...
From Pride to Passion <ul><li>Wish you were emotionless like Mr. Spock of StarTrek? </li></ul><ul><li>Really smart guy. </...
Myth of the Passions <ul><li>Emotions-passion something to be avoided or minimized: Stoics to rationalists. </li></ul><ul>...
Common View William James (1842-1910) <ul><ul><li>In certain persons, the explosive energy with which passion manifests it...
Emotions: What Are They? <ul><li>If emotions are not things that happen to us, what are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions a...
Mr. Spock Revisited <ul><li>Wish you were emotionless like Mr. Spock of StarTrek? </li></ul><ul><li>Think again. </li></ul...
Emotion & Judgment Interlaced <ul><li>Your emotions are the source of your ability to choose. </li></ul><ul><li>They are t...
Passions in Practice <ul><li>Make career choices for things you enjoy passionately. </li></ul><ul><li>The  Test : Time fli...
Bottom Line <ul><li>Engineering a balanced education and creative profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Can take pride in engineer...
For Further Study <ul><li>Take GE 498-DG1, Spring 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Read Goldberg, D. E. (2006).  The entrepreneuria...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

The Pride, Passion & Joy of Engineering

2,970 views

Published on

Engineers of the world unite. Stop apologizing and take charge. The talk shows you how.

Published in: Business, Career
0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
2,970
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
55
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

The Pride, Passion & Joy of Engineering

  1. 1. The Pride, Passion, and Joy of Engineering David E. Goldberg University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois 61801 [email_address]  David E. Goldberg. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. The Joy of Engineering <ul><li>Some may find use of terms “joy” and “engineering” together unusual. </li></ul><ul><li>But I have a confession. </li></ul><ul><li>I am an unapologetic engineering chauvinist. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering is a great education & profession: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>License to think about almost anything. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>License to do and change the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>License to organize and be organized. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Roadmap <ul><li>Engineering: Liberal arts education for 21 st century. </li></ul><ul><li>A creative and constructive profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Pride: Engineering’s unsung role in founding of science & business. </li></ul><ul><li>Passion: Emotion as a source of values and judgment. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Liberal Arts for the 21 st Century <ul><li>Liberal arts majors view engineering education as narrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Centroid of knowledge has changed. </li></ul><ul><li>Can 21 st century educated person avoid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engineering builds on broad base across spectrum of human endeavor. </li></ul>Dilbert (b. 1989)
  5. 5. Closer to the Truth Without tech in 21 st century, not even qualified to be criminal.
  6. 6. Creative & Constructive Profession <ul><li>The scientist merely explores that which exists, while the engineer creates what has never existed before. Theodore von Kármán </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers fundamentally create new products, services, & processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual challenge of engineering requires novel application of knowledge. </li></ul>Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963)
  7. 7. Engineering Pride <ul><li>Engineering is marvelous education and profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, engineers get wedged between science and business. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists: Engineering is just applied science. </li></ul><ul><li>Businessman: Engineers just technicians to do bidding of capitalists. </li></ul><ul><li>Historically inaccurate. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bacon and Science’s Little Secret <ul><li>Observe also, that if sciences of this kind had any life in them, that could never have come to pass which has been the case now for many ages—that they stand almost at a stay… </li></ul>Francis Bacon 1561-1626
  9. 9. Engineering to the Rescue <ul><li>Still more Bacon: </li></ul><ul><li>In the mechanical arts we do not find it so: they, on the contrary, as having in them some breath of life, are continually growing and becoming more perfect. As originally invented they are commonly rude, clumsy, and shapeless; afterwards they acquire new powers and more commodious arrangements and constructions;… Philosophy and the intellectual sciences, on the contrary, stand like statues. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Oops! Science from Engineering <ul><li>We’ve got it backwards. </li></ul><ul><li>Father of science, Bacon: Science must learn from mechanical arts. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering is not just applied science. </li></ul><ul><li>More accurate & equally haughty: Science is just engineering applied to the invention of concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>Over the years, there has been historical inversion. </li></ul><ul><li>Not the first time engineering inspired thought: Greeks inspired by engineers, too. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Who Invented Business? <ul><li>A. D. Chandler (1977): Of the new forms of transportation the railroads were the most numerous, their activities the most complex, and their influence the most pervasive. They were the pioneers in the management of modern business enterprise . </li></ul>
  12. 12. Who Were These Pioneers? <ul><li>The men who managed these enterprises became the first group of modern business administrators in the United States… The men who face these challenges were a new type of businessman.… The pioneers of modern management…were all trained civil engineers with experience in railroad construction and bridge building before they took over the management of the roads. </li></ul>A. D. Chandler
  13. 13. Business from Engineers, too! <ul><li>Another historical inversion. </li></ul><ul><li>Modern business is an engineering invention. </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering is not just a capitalist tool. </li></ul><ul><li>More accurate: Business is just application of engineering principles to commerce . </li></ul>
  14. 14. From Pride to Passion <ul><li>Wish you were emotionless like Mr. Spock of StarTrek? </li></ul><ul><li>Really smart guy. </li></ul><ul><li>Could reason like a charm and play 3-d chess. </li></ul><ul><li>What was his weakness? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Myth of the Passions <ul><li>Emotions-passion something to be avoided or minimized: Stoics to rationalists. </li></ul><ul><li>Passions as something that happens to us. </li></ul><ul><li>Hydraulic metaphor: Have emotional energy, and it gets bottled up, then explodes. </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe this works for anger, but what about love? </li></ul>Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
  16. 16. Common View William James (1842-1910) <ul><ul><li>In certain persons, the explosive energy with which passion manifests itself on critical occasions seems correlated with the way in which they bottle it up… William James </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Emotions: What Are They? <ul><li>If emotions are not things that happen to us, what are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions are intentional: Oriented at objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions are judgments. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain personal dignity and self-esteem. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Mr. Spock Revisited <ul><li>Wish you were emotionless like Mr. Spock of StarTrek? </li></ul><ul><li>Think again. </li></ul><ul><li>Captain Kirk was the better strategic thinker for a reason. </li></ul><ul><li>Spock had trouble making judgments. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotionlessness left him unable to judge. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Emotion & Judgment Interlaced <ul><li>Your emotions are the source of your ability to choose. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the wellspring of your values. </li></ul><ul><li>They are interlaced with your reflective mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t want emotions run amok, but don’t deny their importance. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Passions in Practice <ul><li>Make career choices for things you enjoy passionately. </li></ul><ul><li>The Test : Time flies when you are having fun. </li></ul><ul><li>What things make time fly for you? </li></ul><ul><li>Match time flyers to your career choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Create vocational impedance match. </li></ul><ul><li>Research says you’ll be more successful and happier, too. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Bottom Line <ul><li>Engineering a balanced education and creative profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Can take pride in engineering’s forgotten role in creation of science and business. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be more successful if we follow our passions in vocational impedance match. </li></ul>
  22. 22. For Further Study <ul><li>Take GE 498-DG1, Spring 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Read Goldberg, D. E. (2006). The entrepreneurial engineer. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul>www.entrepreneurialengineer.blogspot.com

×