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- From: "J. D. Coombs" <jcoombs(--nospam--at)coombsengineering.com>
- Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 08:46:09 -0600
For describing what SEs do, I’ve likened a building system to the human body (something everyone can visualize). I’ve loosely put together a set of pics.
Nervous system= EEs
Blood/ heart, etc= MEs
And of course, Skeletal= SEs.
I find that it really clicks an understanding.
D. Coombs, P.E.
I asked a guy in my office (a structural engineer) whose wife works with a university to get high school Students interested in engineering.
Here is what he said:
I’ve never really done this before. I asked my wife, but she really doesn’t know anything that is prepared beforehand and nothing specifically about structural engineering.
If you have a projector, you can run an involved finite element model. It’s always something that looks cool to kids. Something that looks highly technical and pretty colorful. I’d give a description on the different areas of structural engineering, (commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, and transportation). Then I would walk them through a day in the life of a structural engineer (everything from design to coordination with other disciplines).
Other than that, it can be very difficult – a common misconception is that structural engineers are somehow not as skilled or as knowledgeable as architects. I always tell kids that architects can be very creative, but engineers make things work (or keep things from failing).
I volunteered to give a 20 minute career day presentation for my wife's school district. The audience is high school age and the career is structural engineering.
Has anyone done this before and would you be willing to share you presentation outline or slides with me?
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