PolicyMicLady Ada Lovelace: 4 Women in Computer Science Who Deserve a Google ...PolicyMic...
My thoughts: I find it great that Google is doing this. As in many career fields, I feel as though women and their accomplishments in the field of computer science and engineering are probably underrepresent. With Google being the #1 website visited in the world, every doodle displayed on it meets millions of eyes. As a result, the awareness of women presence in computer science and engineering will be enhanced and perhaps inspire more to persue a career in a field that is predominately male.
Computer and tech training for seniors, by seniorsNorthwest News and TribuneLiz McMillan, 60, seated, gets tips on using a software program from Karen Smith, owner of Senior CompuCare Southeast LLC, a company focusing on computer training and...
My thoughts: This article addresses the problem of senior citizens and technology. The main idea is that the general view of the older generations is that they are unfamiliar with technology because of its complexity and their fear of breaking it. But they of course want to take part in its evolutionary as new forms of communication arise from it. So the article talks about a way that this problem is being tackled, by having seniors that know how to use different technologies teach other seniors. Through this peer system, seniors don't have to be overwhelmed or intimidated since their peers better know how they view technology.
Gayle Laakmann McDowell's answer: Women are 87.3% more likely to prefer languages like Ruby and Perl, because they remind us of shiny objects. All women love shiny objects.
Smalltalk is another favorite language.
My thoughts: Okay, yes the humor in this is just that, humorous. The top comment does hold a bit of a message in its opening satire-filled ramblings. It mentions a wide range of programming languages and actually says a tiny bit about them (well not Python). And the last part of the humor section "only some women like coffee and desert animals" applies to everyone. Not everyone is going to like programming in everything language. After the humor comes the serious note that agree with fully. Programming languages are not gender-based in the least. Names are just names because of the history of the langauge, implementations of the language, etc. As far as difficulty, it depends on the person and the level of the language. Essentially, the lower the level the language is (the closer it is to plain binary), the harder it is going to be to use because you're going to have to do more in order to achieve the same result as an upper-level language. And then there's the experience and level of interest of the person learning the language which may be influenced by gender, but is most definitely not determined by it.
1) What's the biggest lesson you learned in 2012?"Hire inexperience. This year we plan to hire 200 engineers--half of whom are recent grads. Young people are not burdened by years of experience.
My thoughts: I like how this addresses the hiring of inexperienced graduates over experience engineers. Of course there is a place where more experience is better, but when it comes to new innovative designs that are implemented in ways that were never thought of before, who better to do this than inexperienced mind. As the article notes, older engineering minds may stick to conventional methods to solve a problem, but for fresh, inexperienced minds, a problem is often attempted to be solved many ways with failure inbetween before a solution is found. It is this processes that allows innovation to be born.
Livonia MI online engineering universities are a great option for those who work full time and cannot attend classes regularly. They allow you to spend the time you need working or other important things in your life while also providng the education you can't get if you can't take classroom-based class.
My Thoughts: I think online school is a great idea, engineering or otherwise. That being said, it's not for everyone and it may be even more so for engineering. Most if not all engineering is extremely complex and these complexities may not be able to be effectively taught outside of a lab setting. In my opinion, a hybrid course would be a better idea; a course where you learn most of the material outside of class and then are able to apply it in a classroom setting.
School Board hears of computer program successHolmes County Times AdvertiserCHIPLEY — Vernon Middle School students are learning keyboarding and computer skills, thanks to seventh and eighth grade introduction to computer classes — classes the...
My thoughts: I think it's great that more school's are incorporating technology classes into their curriculums, especially in the way that this school is. A computer class doesn't just have to teach students about different programs such as photoshop and whatnot, but can incorporate other skills necessary for other classes such as research skills. Through strengthening skills such as this in school curriculums, students can be sure that they'll get the necessary tools they need to succeed.
National PostHow an engineering degree can help you find a career in another sectorNational PostWhen Ashley Sceviour went into civil engineering at the University of Calgary, she wasn't doing it as much for her engineering degree as she was to get...
<P>My thoughts: Scooping this article was a no-brainer and perhaps is the best one on this page for it pertains the strongest to what the page is about, techonology and engineering and careers. The article talks about how hvaing an engineering degree can provide many benefits when working in other career fields. One person went into law after earning her engineering degree and it has turned out to be useful in since she works with engineering contracts and the such. Another person noted on how having an engineering degree and knowledge makes you a little different than all your peers who focused solely on the one career field and how this difference can be valued. You become a valuable employee who can see things differently than your coworkers.</P> <P>It was mentioned that moving to a different career field with an engineering degree can be difficult. It's a matter of getting the background solidified in engineering, but moving away from the more technical skills involved with it. You have to be focused and planned, you have to know where you're going and how you're going to get there. But once you do, it can be worth the time and effort.</P>
Application engineering and product innovationsInTechQuestion: Is it more important for engineers to focus on application engineering or adding new products? The answer is both.
<P>My thoughts: This article addresses something called "application engineering" in production and manufacturing in companies and how it is somewhat under appreciated. Application engineering is essentialy coming up with a way to solve a simple problem to increase production efficiency, often with the use of hard work. One such engineer, the automation engineer, does just that, creating nearly autonomous machines and working on integrating them into a manufacturing system in order to increase "flexibility, responsiveness, and productivity."</P>
<P>The article goes on to say how automation professionals need to keep up-to-date with new technologies out and that although the internet, magazines, tv, and the such are good for that, conferences provide a new experience. I feel as though this applies to all fields of engineering and technology.</P>
So whether you have been forced to take a detour in your engineering career, or you just want to see things from a different perspective, taking a slower more circuitous route to your goals, no matter how long it takes can bring a totally different...
My thoughts: I find this artical interesting and insightful. The basic idea of the man who detours his way to a destination and ends up experiencing life in a different way with a different view is quite common, but applying it to the paths and goals of engineers is something I would not have thought of. It brings to lgiht the fact that many engineers are dead-set on find the quickest solution or path to an end even when do this may prevent the engineer from encountering a useful experience. I will make sure to make use of this insight when as I continue into my education and career as an engineer.
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