Today’s electrical engineers are inventing tomorrow’s game-changing microcomputers, mobile devices, robotic systems, electric vehicles, wearable electronics, health diagnostic tools, energy-harvesting equipment, and “smart appliances.” And as the demand for such products, systems, and technologies grows, the need for qualified engineers will increase too.
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ENGINEERS START YOUNG
In Circuit Cellar magazine’s 25th anniversary edition, we asked a few well-known engineers about when they started working with electronics. They confirmed what we already knew — most top engineers start young.
- “I was always disassembling and building stuff from quite young, and so I think becoming an engineer was inevitable.” — Aubrey Kagan (Professional Engineer; BSEE/MBA)
- “As a kid, I was interested in both science (physics) and electronics. Dad built my brother and me several crystal radios from a book at the library and I was quite hooked. At an early age, I went from building RadioShack P-Box kits (my favorite being a one-tube AM radio) to building projects from magazines (electronics was a popular hobby in the 1970s) to designing my own circuits.” — Mark Csele (Professor, Niagara College, Canada)
- “I was in an after-school program in junior high school where I had access to a typewriter-sized programmable calculator. It was amazing to me that I could program a machine to do complex calculations and print out the results. That led me to build and modify kits that RadioShack offered at the time and then go on to kits made by Heathkit. By the end of high school it was inevitable that I become a design engineer, so that I would actually be able to create circuits from scratch.” — Monte Dalrymple (Professional Engineer; Rabbit Microprocessor Designer)
- “The first time I touched a computer was in fifth grade and I instantly became hooked on the technology. I took my first programming class that year and have been involved with computers ever since. During my senior year of high school, I became more interested in electronics, so changed my major in college to electronics with a minor in programming. This turned out to be a good decision as I enjoy designing hardware, firmware, and software.” — Bruce M. Pride (Professional Engineer; Embedded Systems Consultant)
- “From about the age of 10 years old, I was truly fascinated with electronic devices. So, it was a pretty easy choice for me in picking electronics engineering as a profession.” — Brian Millier (Instrumentation Engineer; Computer Interface Consultant)
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