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Twitter Chat 3/12/2014 – The Complex of Tony Stark

bb_twitterchatGuest Post by Rafael de Matos, Founder & President of LENGA, Regional Fellowship Director at Kairos Society Brazil

Hello, my name is Rafael and I consider myself a serial entrepreneur. Since I was a child I have demonstrated a deep desire to move things from its places. One day I realized that I would like to be a superhero, so I decided to be an engineer. Thus, I could be whatever I wanted. Before that, I did tech school in Business, because I got the feeling I would connect those dots in the future and help to conduct a revolution in engineering education.

That’s what I’m working on now! I am a student and researcher of Mechanical Engineering at Federal University of Sao Joao del Rey (UFSJ – Brazil) and I’m currently a visiting student at Arizona State University (ASU). As a volunteer of Big Beacon, I am trying to connect both the Brazilian and American communities that surround me, with regards to engineering.

One of the ways is through LENGA (League of Engineering Accretion), an initiative that aims to increase the entrepreneurial behavior among engineering students. LENGA is a pioneer in Brazil as the first league that deals with the concepts like “Engineering Entrepreneurship” or “Entrepreneurial Engineering”.

Before founding LENGA, I studied these issues for a long time, and my reflections led me to write the book “Entrepreneurship for Engineering Students,” which is intended to be publicized in Portuguese as a textbook for LENGA and for engineering students nationwide.

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You can read more about LENGA in Portuguese here.

You can also find me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter@New_Rafael.

Join us on Wednesday, 3/12/2014, at 8 pm EST on Twitter (hashtag #BigBeacon) for a discussion about a prototypical concept I want to introduce: “The Complex of Tony Stark”.

Read the summary of the chat here.

But what Tony Stark has to do with Engineering Education?

Tony Stark is an example of what engineering students may expect from their careers. Besides building the Iron Man armor, many of them want to be geniuses and billionaires (perhaps they don’t care much about philanthropy though). The idea is to discuss the engineer’s ethical commitments in their role of generating resources and development to the countries. Also, we want to figure out what are the implications of seeing engineering profession as a heroic mission.

Inspiration from the Big Beacon Manifesto

Read the manifesto here.

Big Beacon Manifesto #3: The Whole New Engineer is authentically connected to others.

Big Beacon Manifest #9: The whole new engineer is a team player, a collaborator, and

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Big Beacon Manifesto #15: A whole new engineering education connects with students by fostering a sense of community.

Reflection & Questions

Here are a few questions to reflect on before or during our twitter chat:

Can we think about engineers as superheroes?

What are the consequences of comparing engineers to heroes to the students’ and professionals’ self-steam?

What could the collective perception of engineers as heroes imply? Would it reflect that engineering continues to figure as tough stuff? Maybe challenging stuff?

Is Tony Stark a good example of entrepreneurial engineer? Why?

Which aspects of Tony Stark’s personality could be considered positive/negative for the Whole New Engineer’s education?

What are the outcomes of setting a professional horizon that aspires to richness and fame, regarding to engineers?

What are the motivations for an engineer to be philanthropic?

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy. First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at

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