Engineers Week - Dream Big

February 23, 2015 | Author: Elizabeth Bierman

As we celebrate National Engineers Week in the United States, I think back to how I became an engineer…it’s quite unconventional really. My journey started with a lunch box.

In the 4th grade, I received a NASA ‘Young Astronauts’ lunch box and the rest is history.

If only it was that easy! But it is amazing how something as simple as a lunch box sparked my interest in being an astronaut. I began learning about other astronauts who were engineers and ended up at Space Camp in 7th grade. I would go on to study aerospace engineering at Iowa State.

Engineering allows me to work with smart, inspiring people. I know I am making an impact on the world by providing transportation for millions of people. I get a sense of pride getting on an airplane and seeing all of the Honeywell technology.  

A lot of people don’t know all the ways engineers impact their lives for the better.

During this week, make the time to celebrate how engineers are changing lives and bring engineering to life for kids, educators and parents.

I encourage you to visit, the official Engineers Week website, which reminds us, “More than a weeklong event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.” Our work inspires the next generation of engineers. Dare to dream and when you do, dream big.

Elizabeth Bierman

Elizabeth Bierman

Elizabeth Bierman is a senior program manager for Honeywell Aerospace in Minneapolis. She is currently the President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In her role at Honeywell, Bierman leads integrated product delivery and support, an engineering development process that is used throughout the Aerospace division.

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