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Are you a trekkie engineer?

Data Logan

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Report this Mar. 08 2011, 5:03 pm

I don't think Star Trek fandom necessary leads to technical careers.  There may be a link there, but not a causal one in most cases.


I think they both steem from a more inate scientific or technical ability.  It's still true, I think, that most people pursue the thinks they find easier.  So if, like me, you find math and science easy, then that naturally leads to an interest in the sciences and a career in them.  And it can also lead to an interest in sci-fi shows like Star Trek.


Personally, I became interested in math and sciences at about the same time I became interested in Star Trek, 1987, when I was 10.


My career is in physics and nuclear engineering.  Specifically, I am a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy (which requires you to operate nuclear reactors in addition to training to fighting sea battles).


I was moved so much by Star Trek in my formative years that I actually changed my name to Data.  And now, with my Navy career, I am well on my way to actually being Lieutenant Commander Data.  I constantly see parallels between modern submarine life and the life of Starfleet career men on starships in Star Trek.

minispock17

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Report this Mar. 08 2011, 5:56 pm

Even before Star Trek I wanted to be a scientist or engineer. Now I'm leaning towards aerospace engineer(go SCOTTY!) but still love science (biology especially). I've got a liitle longer to think about it though, not in college just yet.


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minispock17

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Report this Mar. 08 2011, 5:58 pm

Quote: Data Logan @ Mar. 08 2011, 5:03 pm

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>I don't think Star Trek fandom necessary leads to technical careers.  There may be a link there, but not a causal one in most cases.

>I think they both steem from a more inate scientific or technical ability.  It's still true, I think, that most people pursue the thinks they find easier.  So if, like me, you find math and science easy, then that naturally leads to an interest in the sciences and a career in them.  And it can also lead to an interest in sci-fi shows like Star Trek.

>Personally, I became interested in math and sciences at about the same time I became interested in Star Trek, 1987, when I was 10.

>My career is in physics and nuclear engineering.  Specifically, I am a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy (which requires you to operate nuclear reactors in addition to training to fighting sea battles).

>I was moved so much by Star Trek in my formative years that I actually changed my name to Data.  And now, with my Navy career, I am well on my way to actually being Lieutenant Commander Data.  I constantly see parallels between modern submarine life and the life of Starfleet career men on starships in Star Trek.

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HARD CORE TREKKIE! Its so cool that you were inspired by Star Trek. Good luck in becoming Lt. Commander!


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Matthias Russell

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Report this Mar. 09 2011, 4:25 am

Data Logan, I had no idea you were in the navy, lol. So that isn't a costume!

Agonizer

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Report this Mar. 09 2011, 8:02 pm

I am 100% a trekkie engineer.  I grew up religiously watching TOS.  Scotty and to a lesser extent Spock, were primary inspirations for my path of study in school.  I often tell people that Star Trek almost single-handedly led me into the engineering field.  I watched with absolute fascination when Spock or Scotty kluged together some apparatus to save the ship or defeat the enemy of the week, or solved some vexing math problem.  Watching Scotty, I KNEW I wanted to be an engineer - someone who knows how the world works.

I went on to earn two Mechanical Engineering degrees (B.S. University of Utah, M.S. University of California, Berkeley).  I studied advanced space propulsion systems during my undergraduate years and thought of Star Trek often.  I also took much inspiration from Star Trek around computers, and have made them a hobby ever since.  I'm a geek and proud of it.

I could not be happier with my Star-Trek inspired career path.  I worked as a process engineer for about 10 years and I now work in management at a large pharmaceutical company.  I have a staff of 15 or so chemical, mechanical, biomedical engineers as well as technicians, who develop technically challenging drug products.  I've always enjoyed being at the bleeding edge of technology, and I credit Trek for that.

Today, I watch Star Trek not only for the technology and moral lessons, but for examples of leadership and positive core values.  I would love to hear how your paper turns out.

chucktrekA

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Report this Mar. 09 2011, 8:22 pm

Well, I am an electronics technician, not an engineer, tho. I have always been a fan of sci fi in general, since i grew up with TOS, close to the  beginning. LOL  it did play a part in me becoming a tech. Always fascinated by technology. I deal with computers, printers and some aspects of networking.  Good luck with your paper. :-)

OneDamnMinuteAdmiral

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Report this Mar. 10 2011, 10:31 am

Quote: Data Logan @ Mar. 08 2011, 5:03 pm

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>My career is in physics and nuclear engineering.  Specifically, I am a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy (which requires you to operate nuclear reactors in addition to training to fighting sea battles).

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How cool that makes you the most like a Starfleet officer than most of us. So you are like a Scotty/Spock hybrid right?


I wish I could say that my field of being a computer tech was directly inspired by Star Trek but I don't really think it is. Although I'm sure it is a small influence in some way.


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Lewis00069

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Report this Mar. 10 2011, 10:38 am

I fix PC's for a living so i reckon i would definetly be a ST Engineer

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Report this Mar. 10 2011, 5:00 pm

I love how you called it a "Trekkie subculture"........ yes! We have our own culture here!


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The Master

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Report this Mar. 11 2011, 2:16 am

I have started to watch ST only last summer; really long time after I had gone into math and physics.

daughterofbalok

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Report this Mar. 21 2011, 2:46 pm

Thankyou everyone!! My essay is due at the end of this month!! I will certainly use everything you've said!! It is so exciting to read everyone's background's on this subject!


 


 


 

Shouna

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Report this Mar. 22 2011, 9:55 pm

Im not sure if I am an engineer: I recently graduated and got my Masters in visual effects with a focus on hard surface modeling. I am currently modeling the enterprise e. So I guess that would make me an engineer since I am a ship builder!

Matthias Russell

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Report this Mar. 23 2011, 4:51 am

No. You're the type us engineers tell what to do. Yknow, Obrian to our LaForge.

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Report this Mar. 24 2011, 4:35 am

Quote: rocketscientist @ Mar. 08 2011, 11:10 am

Quote: parisandtorres @ Mar. 08 2011, 11:03 am

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>I want to study to be an Engineer, and I love science.  Of course I'm not in College yet.

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Are you good at math?  You have got to be good at math if you want to be an engineer.

At least, you need to be good at math to get through engineering school.

 

 


Im great at math and enjoy it!


daughterofbalok

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Report this Apr. 01 2011, 8:20 am

Hey everyone one more thing, if any of you can direct me to any good websites about engineering and trekkies or if there are any other great threads on similar subjects!!  Thanks everyone!

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