Hi everyone, I’m still really excited about the interview with Brian the other day – wasn’t it great to hear about how he uses STEM to engineer cars through engine acoustics? As I was transcribing the text (note to self: next time use smart phone to do something smart, like transcription), the following words from Brian really stuck with me:
“An inventor is an engineer”
That’s a great way to look at it! Inventors are really engineering solutions to different problems. For a lot of things now, the types of things being ‘invented’ aren’t made by a single person (I hate to be the one to break it to you) – instead, one person may come up with an idea, and use a team to bring that concept to fruition or, a single person may come up with an invention for a single update or upgrade on an existing product. Or, maybe you’ll come up with a brilliant, unique idea that you can implement all by yourself – who knows – you could come up with the next Selfie Stick!!
Do you have a favorite invention? I have a couple – I love my daughter’s SoundSpa machine – it helps her sleep like a charm, I love my KitchenAid Mixer, I obviously love my phone and whoever invented Netflix.
Want to know what else I love?
Can you imagine being the person who came up with that one? Can you imagine life without it now? I wonder if it was accepted quickly and caught on right away, or if people told the person who invented it “go home – you’re crazy!”
I wonder what types of transformative technologies we can look forward to in the next 100 years? Will you be the one to develop them?
PS – I got the opportunity to write a guest post on the Wayne State University President’s Commission on the Status of Women blog – of course it’s STEM related – and because it’s a women’s organization, I was thrilled to write on the topic: “7 ways to recruit more women into tech careers” – check it out if you’re interested!