Engineering, as stated by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is “the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people. In other words, it’s the way science and math, properties of matter, and energy sources– how they can be made useful to people. During lunch on the 20th of February, Daniel Deveau, a Lockheed-Martin engineer who graduated from UCCS, visited Liberty High School to discuss his journey of engineering and how to find one’s place when considering engineering as a field of study for college.
Engineering, according to Deveau, involves extreme teamwork—he said that he wouldn’t have made it through his college education without a study group, tutors, and more of the sort. In the day-to-day life of an engineer, he claims to work with other engineers and similar engineer departments all the time—whether it be to answer a simple question or get some help on a complex topic. Engineers assist each other and are willing to help answer other engineers’ questions.
However, how can someone even get into an elite company such as Lockheed-Martin? Deveau highly recommended internships—Before Lockheed, he worked with a water company in Pueblo, where he developed water filtration systems for big corporations such as those involved in photography. Using a friend or someone you have a connection with inside of that company can also help—it’s generally hard to get internships and having someone who knows the candidate who can give a recommendation can significantly improve chances.
Engineering is one of the leading fields in the current world, and it’s pushing the envelope of what humans could ever imagine possible. With all of the fields of engineering that are current, it can be difficult to determine a discipline. Deveau suggested that the student try a minor in something they enjoy— something that they might like but may not necessarily consider it for a future. If they do end up enjoying it, then the minor can allow for access to that field of work. To college freshman, he recommends not getting hyper-focused on one class or study—going broad will help find interests.
While a complicated field, engineering has the potential to change the lives of everyone on Earth. It’s forever improving the medical field, allowing people to live longer, happier lives. From robotic dogs, to mechanical hands that can be placed on an amputated limb, technology is drastically changing how people live, work, and take care of themselves. It’s just a matter of time before something like 3D printed food is commonplace.