Its National Engineers Week!

In celebration of some of those who change the world, here are a few videos of what its like to be an engineer. Its an incredibly rewarding career, with many twists and turns. Many days can be completely unexpected. But to actually see something you worked so hard on become a reality, something that works well, does what its supposed to do, and changes someones life… that’s pretty special.

Among the other videos, this first one hits close. I worked in this lab during my time at MSU, constructing these and other augmentative communication aids to help give a voice to those who couldn’t otherwise speak. Being a part of something that allowed a child who couldn’t talk to say “I love you” to her parents for the first time, or allowing someone to give a special address to congress on assistive technology is an incredible thing.

So many times we think of the thing, the gadget, the lights and sounds that they make. But the IMPACT of the device has a much greater meaning.