Men and Women Collaboration in STEM

Issue #10
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Men and Women Collaboration in STEM

By Luis Duque | Issue # | View online

It has been quite a while since I sat down to write one of these newsletters. The reality is that I have been studying for my exam so much that I am just exhausted all the time. I normally write these newsletters in the morning as part of my morning routine but the last couple of weeks I have been either working on other things or simply not waking up in time.

I have not been able to spend as much time working on the podcast, the blog, and many other great things I have in mind for Engineering our Future because of the amount of study I have been doing. This has made me realize how much I enjoy helping others and collaborating with other engineers. It has also made me realize I need to have a little grace with myself. It has been hard to take a step back, rest, analyze, and get back on track. I am someone who struggles to rest and take time for myself. I am always thinking about the next project, the next thing to do, and that takes a toll on me more often than not.

Despite being so busy studying, I had a chance to talk with Melissa Guevara last week as part of the Engineering Gals Men for Women in STEM initiative for Women’s History Month. It was a fun conversation talking about some of the challenges women face in the industry. The live video is on Engineering Gals Instagram account and I will be sharing it on the podcast in the near future so make sure you are subscribed to the podcast so you don’t miss it.

This type of collaborations is one of the reasons I started Engineering our Future and I am happy to be part of these events. I hope you are having a great week!

Let's continue Engineering our Future
Luis

Quote of the Week

“If motion doesn’t lead to results, why do we do it? Sometimes we do it because we actually need to plan or learn more. But more often than not, we do it because motion allows us to feel like we're making progress without running the risk of failure.”

From The Mistake Smart People Make: Being in Motion vs. Taking Action by James Clear resurfaced using Readwise

This Week's Favorites

  1. Engineering Resources: This may not apply to all of you but if you are a Civil Engineer this a must have resource. It is free for ASCE members and you can find information on any topic. I have been doing most of my studying for the PE here and they also have great FE resources.
  2. Apps: I have been testing a few apps to make my workflow easier. For over a year I have been using Notion to manage everything but I have struggled with the friction and terrible iPad app (I work mostly off an iPad). Here are some apps I have added to my workflow: Things 3 (Task manager), RemNote (Great for personal knowledge and research), and Drafts (Where most text is written on my iPad). RemNote and Notion are the only non-IOS exclusive if you do not have an IOS device. Let me know if you would like a blog post or podcast talking about my workflow to create content as well as the apps I use!
  3. Article: Cal Newport is famous for his Deep Work book. This article is an interesting take on email and why we should eliminate the connection between email and people.

Check out the Latest Podcast Episodes

029 // The Story of an Ethical Engineer Who Saved Hundreds of Lives

This podcast episode is one of two parts from a sharing of a prior presentation by L. Robert “Larry” Smith, P.E., with permission. Split between two episodes, Larry will share a number of classic cases, such as the Citi Group Building (Part 1), the Ford Pinto case, and the GMC ignition case (both Part 2), by first fully discussing the engineering issues and then discussing the ethical questions. He will also present a local case based on an ethics complaint that was heard by the RI Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in open session (also Part 2).

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030 // Lessons From Engineers Who Failed to Practice Ethically

This podcast episode is one of two parts from a sharing of a prior presentation by L. Robert “Larry” Smith, P.E., with permission. Split between two episodes, Larry will share a number of classic cases, such as the Citi Group Building (Part 1), the Ford Pinto case, and the GMC ignition case (both Part 2), by first fully discussing the engineering issues and then discussing the ethical questions. He will also present a local case based on an ethics complaint that was heard by the RI Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in open session (also Part 2).

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031 // Why Men and Women Collaboration is Important in Engineering with Catherine Martsolf

We have spoken quite a bit about diversity and inclusion on this podcast. This episode with Catherine was really interesting because she is one of the founders of HeForSWE, an organization that empowers women through male involvement. She is a true example of someone that is passionate about diversity and inclusion through all the committees she is involved in as well as the experiences she has lived through. It was a pleasure talking to her and getting to know her mission and passion for a more diverse profession.

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I’m Luis, a Bridge EngineerPodcaster, and STEM advocate. In this Newsletter, I share things I am working on, learning about, or exploring. Make sure you reach out with your thoughts – I want this to be a more direct and personal avenue of communication for the Engineering our Future community. 

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