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  • 02/15/10
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  • Kostek Bellevue College November 2009

    1. 1. Engineering the World: Finding Your Place Paul J. Kostek VP Communications & Public Awareness IEEE-USA p.kostek@ieee.org
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What engineers do & types of engineering </li></ul><ul><li>What I do </li></ul><ul><li>My background & experience </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards & challenges of my job </li></ul><ul><li>Future trends & technology’s influence </li></ul><ul><li>Outlook for people entering the field </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    3. 3. What Engineers Do <ul><li>Engineers in general are problem solvers </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers design things that have real world applications </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the products and man made structures that we use in our daily lives, required engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers look for practical applications for things scientists and others discover </li></ul><ul><li>Main engineering fields are Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Aerospace, Chemical </li></ul><ul><li>Some others are Nuclear, Environmental, Petroleum, Ceramic, Agricultural </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    4. 4. Aerospace Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    5. 5. Architectural Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    6. 6. Automotive Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    7. 7. Chemical Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    8. 8. Civil Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    9. 9. Computer Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    10. 10. Electrical Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    11. 11. Electronics Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    12. 12. Industrial Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    13. 13. Marine Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    14. 14. Mechanical Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    15. 15. Petroleum Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    16. 16. Robotics Engineering Feb 15, 2010
    17. 17. Types of Engineering Feb 15, 2010 <ul><li>Aeronautical </li></ul><ul><li>Aerospace </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural </li></ul><ul><li>Architectural </li></ul><ul><li>Automotive </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-chemical </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-medical </li></ul><ul><li>Ceramic </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical </li></ul><ul><li>Civil </li></ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Flight Test </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry </li></ul><ul><li>Geophysical </li></ul><ul><li>Geological </li></ul><ul><li>Geothermal </li></ul><ul><li>Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Human Factors/ Ergonomics </li></ul><ul><li>Hydraulics </li></ul><ul><li>Illumination </li></ul>
    18. 18. Types of Engineering (continued) Feb 15, 2010 <ul><li>Industrial </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Lubrication </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>Marine/Ocean </li></ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical </li></ul><ul><li>Metallurgical </li></ul><ul><li>Mining </li></ul><ul><li>Nanotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>Nautical </li></ul><ul><li>Naval Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear </li></ul><ul><li>Optical </li></ul><ul><li>Oceanographic </li></ul><ul><li>Petroleum </li></ul><ul><li>Plant Management </li></ul><ul><li>Plastics </li></ul><ul><li>Refrigeration </li></ul><ul><li>Robotics & Automation </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Structural </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Welding </li></ul>
    19. 19. What I Do <ul><li>I am a systems engineer with Physio Control Corporation in Redmond, Washington. </li></ul><ul><li>We produce defibrillator/monitors used in ambulances and hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>I work with customers, and internal groups to come up with next generation designs and implementations </li></ul><ul><li>One of our challenges is applying new technologies in saving lives. Gathering data and transmitting to the hospital. </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    20. 20. My Background & Experience <ul><li>In my home state of Massachusetts I attended a vocational/technical high school where I studied electronics </li></ul><ul><li>I attended a community college and then the University of Massachusetts, where I earned my BS in Electrical Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>I started my career in the defense industry </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to Seattle and worked on the 757/767 for Boeing </li></ul><ul><li>Moved into consulting and then joined a start-up in e-commerce </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    21. 21. Rewards & Challenges <ul><li>I’ve worked in several different industries </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting problems </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting people </li></ul><ul><li>Involved with several professional organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AIAA (American Institute of Aero and Astronautics) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PMI (Project Management Institute) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INCOSE (Intl Council on Systems Engineering) </li></ul></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    22. 22. Professional Associations <ul><li>Most engineering disciplines have professional associations or societies that are a place for people to come together to share common interests, discuss problems they’re trying to solve, new designs and network. </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    23. 23. Professional Associations (continued) <ul><li>There are local chapters/ sections of professional associations in the areas you live in and at most universities </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to network, develop communications and leadership skills, internships, work on projects, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SAE sponsors a formula 1 competiton: http://students.sae.org/competitions/ formulaseries / </li></ul></ul>Feb 15, 2010 UW Formula 1
    24. 24. Future Trends and Technology’s Influence <ul><li>Computers and the Internet will continue to impact all engineering fields, including Engineering Education </li></ul><ul><li>Green is growing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power industry – wind/solar/wave/geothermal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Autos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buildings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Civil Engineering will be critical to replace bridges, older structures & environmental improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-medical is seeing strong growth </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear is returning </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    25. 25. Future Trends and Technology’s Influence (continued) <ul><li>Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are expanding the Web, communications, entertainment (gaming); social networks, energy and transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of space and undersea will also provide opportunities </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    26. 26. Outlook for People Entering the STEM Fields <ul><li>Excellent job prospects with unlimited variety of work </li></ul><ul><li>Math & science are important as are good study skills </li></ul><ul><li>Have to use your creativity and like designing things </li></ul><ul><li>Like taking on big challenges and helping people solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>Need good communications skill, teamwork and the ability to influence others </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    27. 27. Current Employment/ Unemployment data Through 3 rd Quarter 09 <ul><li>All Computer Profs 5.4% 5.4% 6.0% </li></ul><ul><li>Software Engineers 4.2% 5.0% 4.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Sci & Systems Analysts 5.7% 6.4% 7.3% </li></ul><ul><li>All Engineering Profs 3.9% 5.5% 5.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical & Electronics 4.1% 8.6% 7.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical Engineers 4.2% 5.6% 9.5% </li></ul><ul><li>All Professionals 3.7% 4.3% 5.6% </li></ul><ul><li>All Workers 8.4% 8.5% 8.9% </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    28. 28. Future Employment for Engineers <ul><li>National </li></ul><ul><li>We’re starting to see a recovery in engineering employment should continue fairly strong, particularly civil & environmental </li></ul><ul><li>International </li></ul><ul><li>Many companies have international facilities or international suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. engineering consulting companies do a lot of international work </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    29. 29. Working in a Global Economy <ul><li>Global projects require global skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications/Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility and ability to adapt to changes </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Other Things to Think About <ul><li>Your unselected references </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace/Facebook – What do these say about you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a presence on LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Let people know who you are; what you’re studying and your professional interests </li></ul></ul></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    31. 31. Resources <ul><li>7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey </li></ul><ul><li>The 4 Realities of Success (During and After College) – Bob Roth Order at: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.ieeeusa.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sae.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.aiaa.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.incose.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paul Kostek Contact info: p.kostek@ieee.org </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010
    32. 32. <ul><li>Thanks! </li></ul>Feb 15, 2010