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This is where i want this website and project to build from. I need other people interested in engineering, and other peoples ideas to learn. If anyone has questions, interesting information, or a valid subject topic please post it!! Thanks.

Done, But why stop here?

posted Apr 12, 2012, 7:36 PM by

I'm done with this period of learning from this process, but why would i stop. I've learned so much and i enjoy what I'm doing. Therefore after all this work i may slowly but surely keep this up. I know i will continue using Physics Forums for questions, and my grandpa is always open to questions as well.

Answers to grandpa interview

posted Apr 11, 2012, 11:31 PM by

I interviewed my grandpa for 1 hour and 15 minutes. He did an hour and 13minutes of the talking. I loved it.... My grandpa is my mentor and you need to be dang ready to listen to your mentors wise words.

  1. He went to College for 7 years total. (2 years community college, 5 years at a University)
  2. His first two years allowed for more involvement with the schools. At the big University he had hardly any time for extracurricular activities
  3. He knew he was going to be in Engineering from day 1 of community college. He chose a Bachelors in Civil engineering, then went on to get a masters in highway/ soils engineering.
  4. Community college was when he decided his field of Engineering.
  5. He was in Civil Engineering more specifically Transportation engineering, a.k.a highway.
  6. GPA only matters to certain companies. My Grandpa was eventually an employer and chose students on experience and passion and performance.
  7. SAT/ACT are mainly what colleges look for, therefore strive for greatness when attempting ivy league schools, or great engineering institutions.
  8. Ivy League schools are a common misconception. The schools are often to concerned and overrun with robotic students overly comfortable in simply working out calculations and developing theories. Real work involves practical thinking and often a social aspect as everything you do is for the better of living. My grandpa knew many others, to become big company owners and big-time multi-millionares, and had the same opportunities, but didn't take them because that wasn't his passion. He only graduated from the University of Minnesota.
  9. Get involved with companies you may try to work for later. Get into a Mentorship, apprenticeship, and if all possible a *Pre-Engineering position*.
  10. He moved roughly nine times due to job transfers, promotions, and jobs within jobs.
  11. Entry level salary isn't great, but everyone must pay there dues, and an engineering degree will always find work.
  12. Yes he absolutely loved his job, you should of heard him talk.
  13. The work environment comes with the general choice of study. Every engineer will pay there dues in a Lab whether they want to work in the field, or in research. Eventually people have to make the choice on there own which ever fits there preference.
  14. College. (Kids need to be given the option in high-school)
  15. Revert to Skills For Engineering.
  16. For the most part we didn't get into much detail about investment considering the times, and economical ups and down. I did learn a very important fact with companies. They often offer an investment plan within the company in which you can cash in after retirement or during. A much safer method, and something I plan on looking into.

Nearly done with info. for others

posted Apr 10, 2012, 9:42 AM by

It's near process dead line. I'm about done with the information i've gathered for others benefit. Afterwards I'll start on my full diagnosis of my own personal career plan. I really have learned so much from my experience, probably the most important information I'll learn in high school.

Questions for Grandpa

posted Apr 9, 2012, 9:26 AM by

  1. How many years of school?
  2. How much was college?
  3. How many times did you change your major( was the field you chose your first choice?)
  4. When did you know that engineering was what you wanted to do?
  5. What field were you in?
  6. GPA in high-school (was this a big issue with employers?)
  7. SAT/ACT scores
  8. Do you need to go to ivy league schools?
  9. What kind of volunteer, involvement?
  10. How much time spent away from home?
  11. How was entry level salary?
  12. Did you love work?
  13. What was the work environment like?(office or field)
  14. Did you get the idea for engineering in high school or college?
  15. What type of skills do most engineers share in common?
  16. When did you start investing?
  17. Would you recommend investing early? and Why?

The last 2 questions were something i remember my grandpa telling me when I was younger. I feel a great job can be even better when retirement can be looked at with stocks and investments from 35 years before.

Neural Engineers

posted Apr 2, 2012, 10:08 AM by

On March 16th, 2012 DO-IT students went to the UW's Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering to learn about the field and complete a learning lab. Students learned about signal processing in the visual cortex, observed action potentials in a cockroach leg, and operated a "carbot" that was controlled by electrodes that sense muscle movements. Afterwards, DO-IT students helped create a video about the event!

The CSNE website states "Over the last decade, the field of neural engineering has demonstrated to the world that a computer cursor, a wheelchair, or a simple prosthetic limb can be controlled using direct brain-machine and brain-computer neural signals. Future technologies that allow such accomplishments will enable versatile and highly complex interactions with sophisticated environments. Intelligent systems and robots seek to sense and move like biological systems, and devices implanted in or interfaced with neural systems attempt to process neural data robustly, safely, and in a functionally meaningful way. Doing so requires a critical ingredient: a novel, neural-inspired approach based on a deep understanding of how biological systems acquire and process information. This is the focus of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE)."

My finished days of journaling

posted Apr 1, 2012, 10:27 PM by

Day #2


Today is the second day of my research and study into engineering. Last night I found a wonderful website showing median ranges of engineering pay, and another site showing the top ten out of college bachelor degrees. Almost every one was an engineer faction.

I’m attempting at making a website to show my research on. Hopefully I can blog each day about what I do, and show some of my statistics, and eventually present everything from there.


I’ve began the website and it’s going well.


Notes Day #2


·      The top ten undergraduate paying jobs out of college are all engineering jobs.


Day #3


Today is a day for research. I have a sight setup, now I just need to keep adding information viable to my subject.

I added links to my website which is going to give me a much better route for presenting my project.


Day #4


It’s my fourth day on this project and my site is up, links are ready. I’m going to do research abroad today. I may also start researching into individual fields.


No longer going to put any notes on here, simply paste them straight to my website.

I've been spending too much time trying to journal then transfer that to my website. I want to add a program to my website to allow random post-its about my research.

Day 1 of Engineering project

posted Mar 27, 2012, 11:57 PM by

My website is a project in which i will be explaining diversities in engineering. Each day i hope to keep and post a record of things i learn, goals, and subject maters. Here is day 1 of my Project journal

Day 1


Today is the first day, first beginning to my project. My first order of business is to find my interest, create a plan, a list of materials, and research materials.


TOPIC: Showing the diversities of engineering, and matching individuals to their strong point.





1.     Research into engineering abroad.

2.     Watch videos on explaining engineering.

3.     Read one book on engineering in general.

4.     Understand statistics of engineering. (Record info.)

5.     Research into colleges and programs for engineering.

6.     Know the best ways to prepare yourself for engineering.

7.     Take a journal page every day showing my progress.

8.     Match one individual to his or her strong field.

9.     Research into areas that will be, and are prominent positions for work.

10. Start a blog on engineering. (Find a good website)

11. Email organizations/ colleges for information.

12. Interview Grandpa. (Create interview questions)


Materials for Presentation


1.     Paper cut out of graphs.

2.     Brochures on engineering.

3.     Computer for possible journal presentation, or PowerPoint.

4.     Compelling information from books and companies.

5.     Possible interview with my grandfather. (Write then record, or record)

6.     Utilize skills of presentation to keep audience enthralled.


Research Materials


1.     Computer

2.     Library biography or engineering outline books

3.     Grandpa

4.     College/company replies





Notes Day #1



·      Engineering is the discipline, art, skill, profession, and technology of acquiring and applying scientific, mathematical, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes.


·      Types of Engineering-Aerospace, Agricultural, Architectural, Bio/Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer/Software, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Metallurgy and Materials, Mineral and Mining, Nuclear, Ocean, Transportation.


·      Subgroups of engineering encompass over 50 specialties after the main 17 classes.


Untitled Post

posted Oct 6, 2011, 6:28 AM by

Hello everyone! This is my personal web site and I want to share it with all of my friends and family. Please feel free to post and tell me what is going on in your life.

My post test #1

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