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4 Methods We Can Use to Inspire the Next Generation

Jacobs的Menzer Pehlivan分享了她最近的STEM学院主题演讲“改变世界的下一代”中的技术,以帮助吸引未来的创新者从事STEM事业。

Geotechnical engineer Menzer Pehlivan from our Seattle office recently gave the keynote speech, “The Next Generation to Change the World” at the STEM Academy conference in New York.
曾立志当演员的门泽,以电影明星的身份将梦想变为现实远大的梦想: Engineering Our World它带领观众从世界最高的建筑到比云层更高的桥梁,展开一段探索之旅,通过揭示推动工程师创造更美好世界的内心,展示了这些奇迹背后的不仅仅是聪明才智。
自从这部电影近两年前上映以来,她的使命——当她不帮助地震侦察工作时,在国际会议上展示她的研究成果,以帮助推进地震工程的研究成果,或在从事具有挑战性的基础设施项目的办公室里——一直在继续向不同年龄、种族和性别的更多元化的一代工程师传播这部电影的信息。
以来,数百万人以来已经看到了梦想,自释放以来,Menzer曾在美国和加拿大周围的城市出席了400多个不同的放映,活动和电视和电台。She’s been the invited keynote speaker at conferences and events including the 2017 Groundbreaking Women in Construction, 2017 Hot Firm Conference, Microsoft Imagine Cup 2018 World Finals, an event in the Dominican Republic, Hulu’s 2019 Seattle Women’s Equality Day Panel and 2018 Engineers Without Borders annual meeting where she talked about women in engineering and ways to attract next generation, especially the girls and children from underrepresented backgrounds into engineering.
Menzer shares her story and four tips inspired by her most recent STEM Academy keynote for how we can do our part to inspire the future innovators below.

高中时,我最喜欢的一位老师问全班同学他们想成为什么样的人。

我们班所有的男生都回答说他们想成为一名土木工程师。我也是这么说的。但我的老师第一个,立即的反应是“曼泽,来吧。你不能当土木工程师。”

我的肠道反应是,“好吧,为什么不呢?”

In Turkey, where I’m from, there are public and private schools, but to get into the public schools that offered civil engineering – since private ones did not at the time – you needed to take a university exam and score within the top 2% of 2.5 million students.

Turns out, I’m the only one of my high school classmates who became a civil engineer.

当有人说你做不到某件事的时候,会有一种真正的触发因素,对我来说,听到别人的怀疑是一种巨大的鼓励,让我成为他们说我做不到的人。

但是那些害怕或害羞到不敢尝试或认为自己不够聪明的女孩呢?那些没有科学、工程、技术和数学(STEM)榜样的背景代表性不足的人?

As an industry, we’ve done a good job trying to break down stereotypes around STEM – but, we haven’t done quite a good enough job yet.

那么,我们怎样才能更好地激励未来的工程师呢?

  1. Increase awareness.作为一个行业,我们在宣传我们的工作对社区和未来的重要性和影响方面做得很差。一般公众和儿童往往不明白,工程的例子都在他们身边。他们开车去上学的桥,从喷泉里流出的水,学校建筑本身;这些都是工程师创造和想象的例子。作为工程师,我们可以更好地向下一代展示工程不仅仅是数学和科学,更重要的是想象力、创新和创造,当然还有解决问题的能力。

工程师的工作让我们的生活每天都变得更好,通过志愿者工作、指导和讲故事来展示我们职业的这一面有助于让我们更容易理解和理解。这甚至可以简单地向孩子解释道,道路不仅仅是一条路,它是人们与工作、医疗保健、学校和社会机会的联系,让他们过上更好的生活。将工程师的重要工作与我们日常生活的更大影响联系起来有助于提高意识。

孟泽出席梦想大联欢会
Walking the Dream Big gala red carpet.
  1. r提供ole models.One of my favorite quotes is that “You can’t be what you can’t see.” One of the most challenging aspects of recruiting more girls and diversity into engineering is the lack of role models that these individuals have around to influence them. A few years ago the hashtag, #ILookLikeAnEngineer trend去了病毒after a female software engineer faced sexist social media backlash after being featured in a company advertisement. What followed were countless social media posts of female engineers of all kinds sharing their stories. This campaign did more than shatter the stereotype of what engineers look like, it also showed young girls just how many successful female engineers there are – software engineers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers and more.

根据2018年微软的一项研究,认识STEM人士的女孩在从事STEM活动和从事STEM职业时,比不认识STEM人士的女孩更有可能感觉到自己的力量。为女孩提供易于接近和鼓舞人心的榜样是培养她们对STEM职业兴趣的关键,而这正是影片中的内容远大的梦想地址。其中三个电影的星星,包括我自己,是女工和我们两个人都是种族多样化的。自从两年前的电影的首映以来,数百万人见过远大的梦想, it’s streaming on Netflix and will soon be available at every public school in the U.S., continuing to spread the film’s message – that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you can dream it, you can be it. I cannot count the number of times young girls came up to me after my talks and said, “I did not know I can look like you and be an engineer.”

In your community, maybe that means offering to come talk to a local school group about STEM opportunities or inspiring a STEM event at your job or on your project site where kids can see real engineers at work. If social media is more your style, take a cue from my Jacobs colleague and fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) New Faces of Engineering honoree Andrea DuMont. She’s turned social media and platform as a young, female engineer into吸引下一代工程师的有力工具.

  1. Help them develop self-confidence.我们需要帮助重新定义公众的共同信念,即你需要成为科学和数学方面的佼佼者,才能成为一名工程师。作为一名工程师并不总是意味着你是天才或最好的。家长、老师和导师肩负着帮助孩子们明白自己不需要成为教室里最聪明的人就能成功或足够优秀的重要工作。这样做可能意味着重新引导消极的自言自语,例如“我不够聪明”或“我在数学和科学方面不是最好的”

我们还可以使用已经触及的两个提示来帮助改善自尊 - 帮助儿童意识到创造性与数学或科学和与导师和榜样的学生联系起来的创造力同样重要,谁可以帮助提振他们的信心。有时通过分享自己的漏洞和自我怀疑,有时最好地实现。

  1. 帮助他们相信他们可以成功。你可能看过一个学生的故事,她的六年级老师在她的年鉴上留了一张纸条,邀请她从哈佛毕业。几年后,她邀请了这位曾是她在全球卫生和人权领域最早影响力人物之一的老师参加她的哈佛毕业典礼,并在那里获得了公共卫生博士学位。“知道在我母亲之外,一些认识我的人非常相信我的梦想和我实现梦想的能力,这对我来说意义重大。”the student reflected.This story demonstrates the power of our influence on younger generations to inspire and support them in their journeys.

We all need someone who believes in us when we ourselves can’t – and our future STEM innovators are no exception. Whether it’s volunteering at local schools, partnering with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters or STEM events, the best ways we can help more children believe in their ability to succeed is by encouraging those around us to break outside of their comfort zone to create something great. And, finding ways to let them know we support them and believe in them as the future of our better tomorrow.

Menzer Pehlivan, Ph.D., P.E., is a Jacobs geotechnical engineer specializing in seismic hazards analysis, seismic resiliency and performance-based earthquake engineering design of infrastructure systems, hospitals, nuclear facilities and other structures. One of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2016土木工程专业人员的新面孔2017收件人ASCE’s President's Medaland star of the film,远大的梦想: Engineering Our World和2019年Middle East Technical University Recognition Award, she has been actively involved with pioneering research projects advancing the state-of-art and state-of-practice of geotechnical earthquake engineering. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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