“The World Needs Engineers!” – By Jerry Gentile

Synchronus Optical Networking Test Set co-designed by Jerry Gentile

Every now and then I’m asked by a young person who’s aware of my background in electrical engineering and is considering their future, if I think Electrical Engineering would provide a solid and fulfilling career?

Yes!  In fact I think any engineering career is rewarding.  To me there is nothing better than a career where you can imagine something – a solution to a problem perhaps or just something you believe the world just needs – and being able to turn that imagined idea into reality.

I’ve been blessed to have done this myself.  I spent most of my adult life tied to engineering of one kind or another.  Be it electronics engineering for high speed communication or mechanical engineering to make kids scooter toys I love it all.  Physics, math, problem solving, team building, creativity, …bring it on baby!

So yes, the world will always need engineers!

The picture to the left below is a product I helped design in the mid 90’s when the world first began deploying synchronous optical networking as a fiber optic communication standard.  This test and measurement product generated precise digital patterns and modulated a high speed communication laser hundreds of millions of times per second with that pattern of one’s and zero’s…then transmitted it over dozens of kilometers of optical fiber. After receiving that signal and turning it back into a digital pattern of one’s and zero’s it compared it to the transmitted pattern and flagged any errors it found.  The purpose of the test instrument is to assure a deployed fiber optic communications network will transmit and receive data without errors.

Have you ever experienced your cable television screen getting all pixelated like the image below? Bad stuff!

 

Synchronus Optical Networking Test Set co-designed by Jerry Gentile

Synchronus Optical Networking Test Set co-designed by Jerry Gentile

pixelated tv image

Pixelated Television Image – transmission errors are bad!