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Twitter chat: Joy in Engineering

bb_twitterchat Joy in engineering. That’s right – joy in engineering. It might seem like a strange topic or an unlikely pairing. But the first point on the Big Beacon manifesto states that in order be an engineer who is appropriate to our time, equal to keeping pace with technology and solving the next generation of challenges:

A Whole New Engineer finds joy in engineering and in life.

We’ll explore this topic, the ways in which it’s already true for you, or could be true in the future, in tomorrow night’s weekly #BigBeacon Twitter Chat. Whether you are an engineering student, a practicing engineer, someone who graduated from engineering and is working outside the field, or an engineering educator, please join, we would love to hear your story and your perspective.

Join us for the Joy in Engineering Twitter Chat. We get started at 8 pm Wednesday May 1st at 8 pm EDT. Here are some of the questions we’ll explore:

Joy in thinking

In his book The Entrepreneurial Engineer, Dave Goldberg says that

‘Engineering is a license to think about almost anything.’

How does this description of engineering compare with your experience, and your reasons for choosing engineering? Are there other professions that could claim they are a ‘license to think about anything?’

As engineers we are trained to break down systems and problems into individual, solvable equations, and there is a certain thrill in getting that answer, isn’t there? Is it all about that answer? In what ways do you also feel joy in the process of getting to the answer? If you are an educator, how do you inspire your students to find joy in studying and thinking about engineering?

Joy in Changing the World

‘Engineering is a license to do and change the world.’

In what ways have engineers changed the world so far – from the most obvious to the most subtle? How does your own engineering career change the world, or how would you like it to in the future?

Ten Ways to have Joy in Engineering

Further quoting from The Entrepreneurial Engineer:

‘Fortunately engineering is multifaceted and we can find joy in engineering because it is

1. creative
2. intellectually stimulating and challenging
3. concerned with the real world
4. constructive
5. a people profession
6. a maverick’s profession
7. global
8. entrepreneurial
9. optimistic
10. an entry point to lifelong learning’

Which of these aspects are more important to you personally

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in studying, practicing and enjoying engineering?

Why is engineering joy important? What would happen if every engineer had joy in their studies and profession? What about joy in life in general – what makes you joyful and what difference does that make?




A Canadian professional engineer with a background in manufacturing and mining, Erica is passionate about creating a better future through Six Sigma, Lean/Kaizen Events, mentorship, coaching, sustainability, educational reform and talking to kids about engineering.

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