An Inventor Is An Engineer

inventor engineerHi 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?

The Wheel.

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!

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