Anthony Karl Ruda
Engineers: The Builders of Tomorrow
Computer technology is altering the form, nature, and future of the American
Computers of today has grown and evolved with time. From the very first ENIAC
computer to the Pentium Processors of today, computers have come a long way.
ENIAC was as big as a boxcar, as complicated as an airplane and as costly as the Ritz.
Microchips would soon cost as little as five dollars and could be packed a million to a
boxcar for delivery to anywhere, to anybody.(Life, 32) Who best to create this type of
technology is none other than the engineers of this world. These are the ones that are
patient enough, creative enough and articulate enough to learn the ways of the chip.
Computers are now part of our very lives. Everywhere we turn, computers are used for
everything. From doing our homework at home, to dealing with business in the work
field, The microprocessors have found its way into every nook and cranny of modern
civilization.(Life, 32) According to life magazine, We have taken the computer and
made it everyones tool. (Life, 32) The computer went from being under the control of a
very privileged group to being available to everyone. Today, High School kids have more
computer power than some of the most elite three decades ago. Says Ted Hoffman to
Life magazine. (qtd in Life, 32) Even todays cars cannot run without this silicon
marvels embedded on their system. Mercedes now boasts 50 microprocessors(Life, 32)
The ones who made this all possible are the computer engineers of the world. With there
love for creativity and ingenuity, they are the ones that are paving the road of tomorrow.
Few are Nerd wearing pocket protectors, most are sociable and articulate.
Theyre the front line troops in the battlefield for the environment and market share.
(Alpert, 87) We have always viewed engineers as nerds and geekazoids who never had a
date in high school, college or ever in their life. Now, they are the ones that are making
this world better for us to live in. Engineering is a way of expressing ones creativeness.
Such as in the University of Massachusetts, Engineers there are finding ways to make
computers nicer when frustration is detected.(Scientific American, 35) Remember that
pudgy kid in the eight grade who likes to concoct bombs in his mothers kitchen? Now
hes one of Americas premiere software designers.(Alpert, 87) Today, Computer
Engineering is the way to go. It is where people get to express their passion for the
computer and also make six figures in the process. Engineering is not a one step process.
One must go through years of school and experience in order to say, I am good.
I myself am taking up computer engineering and I tell u, it is no joke.
In this field, good is not enough. its not enough to be good technically, you have
to be articulate to be in my group. Helen Cannon quotes in fortune magazine.(qtd in
Alpert, 91) Her engineering staff includes an Oklahoman who likes to write limericks and
ebullient Englishman on loan from Du Ponts Brazilian subsidiary.. hen they are not
testing the properties of refrigerants and foam-blowing agents, they swap versus via
Change is the biggest part in this field. If you are not able to cope with the
hanging environment, one will not survive in the field.. Intel alone doubles the speed of
its chips every month. That shows that change is a part of this industry. Change is
essential for advancement and new programs etc. For the country and the
consumerMost experts feel we stand at the halfway mark of the chip revolution, and
that Moores Law could hold for another fifteen yearsPerhaps 10 more doublings of
chips per year.(Life, 32) Moores law is referring to the rate that the speed of the chip
doubles, and that is after every 18 months.
I chose this field for many reasons. It may be the money, the experience or just
my passion for that memory-crunching machine that is changing our lives. I have chosen
this field because I want to be part of something special. I envision that the world will be
networked into one and every household will have access to unlimited information.
Engineers will be the ones to do this. Hey, they have been doing it for the past 50 years.
Everything will be controlled by wallet sized computers. Imagine being able to tell your
child in the future, I was one of the men that built that machine. Son The money is also
one of the reasons for choosing this career. Engineers of today make up to six figures a
year and even more. Most of the jobs start off at $50,000 and that is just the start. For
example, look at our boy billionaire, Bill Gates, He is now the leading CEO executive in
the United States. The most important reason is because I have always wanted a way to
express the creative and technical