We’ve all heard the news: U.S. students aren’t pursuing engineering careers in sufficient numbers to keep pace with the technical demands that our global markets will require for the future. So where do we start in turning this situation around? The answer is really quite basic, according to Celeste Baine, director of the Engineering Education Service Center (EESC) and the award-winning author of more than 6 publications on motivating and educating students towards engineering careers. “We’ve got to start communicating and demonstrating to students how important engineering is in virtually every part of our daily lives,” says Celeste – from the cars we drive and the iPhones we use to the medicine we take and the music we listen to. “Students need to know by becoming an engineer, or through training in other STEM fields, the key role they can play in developing innovations that will make this world a better place for everyone.”
To further demonstrate to students how ubiquitous engineering is in everyday life, Celeste – a biomedical engineer herself — likes to challenge them to name a hobby they have. Any hobby or interest they have, she says, is bound to be applicable to engineering, whether it be interests ranging from music and sports to computer video games and theme park thrill rides – thereby illustrating that in the wide-open field of engineering they can find a career pursuit to satisfy their personal hobbies and dreams as well. “There has never been a better time in the history of this country to promote engineering,” she says.
How do you think we can encourage the students of today to become the top engineers of tomorrow?
Read more about Celeste Baine here.
Hear Celeste speak to students at Marguette University about the important roles engineers play in every day life.
And watch this short video trailer about women in engineering.