This week marks the start of 'Engineers Week 2020', a week long national celebration of engineering. Founded by the National Society for Professional Engineers in 1951, "EWeek (February 16–22, 2020) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers." (www.nspe.org)
In honor of this national celebration, PBA asked a few of its engineers who are at different stages in their careers, a series of questions relating to what led them to become engineers.
We spoke with Nishank Shah, LEED GA, a mechanical design engineer in PBA's Higher Education group who joined PBA in 2017 after receiving his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. He also earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune in Pune, India, his native country.
When asked what inspired Nishank to become an an engineer he had this to say.
Shah: "I was always interested in math and science as a kid. As I started understanding fundamental concepts I became more inclined towards pursuing a career in engineering. It was during the first year of my bachelor’s degree that I truly realized that I wanted to become an engineer. There’s no specific thing that inspired me, it was just the atmosphere I guess, being surrounded by people who enjoy coming up with creative ideas and solving issues.
"PBA: "What do you find most challenging about engineering?"
Shah: "It’s an ever-changing world in science and engineering. It’s a healthy challenge to stay updated."
PBA: "What advice do you wish to give those considering a career in Engineering?"
Shah: "I don’t know about advice but here’s an English translation of a quote from an Indian movie that I relate to... Don’t run after success, be capable. Success will follow no matter what."
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