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Dream Jobs for Engineers
March 2, 2009

What’s the difference between a good job and a dream job? Well, just ask the 10 technologists profiled in IEEE Spectrum’s latest “Dream Jobs for Engineers” report.

Working as a tube inspector for a chip manufacturer, Shannon Bruzelius knew what a dream job wasn’t. He also knew what his dream job was: making fun, cool toys. Two years and hundreds of phone calls later, he landed it. Kenyon Kluge thought there had to be work for an electrical engineer who also loved motorcycles; there was, at Zero Motorcycles, designing all-electric dirt bikes.

Though everyone expected Kunio Koike to follow a traditional path in big industry, he found his calling creating exquisite timepieces for Seiko.

How about psychic rewards? Arieta Gonelevu’s job has those; she designs renewable energy systems for remote villages throughout the South Pacific. Convinced that search-and-rescue robots could play a role at disaster sites, Robin Murphy helped launch a new discipline in robotics.

Getting to follow your curiosity is key. When Erlendur Thorsteinsson moved from a hohum job in IT to one of the hottest online game companies, he discovered a new universe—literally. Tero Ojanpera’s interest in the intersection of business and culture transformed him into Nokia’s music mogul. Offered a job to help build a solar-powered plane that will circumnavigate the globe, Philippe Lauper leapt at the chance.

And there are plenty of dream jobs for engineers inclined toward the arts. Keya Banerjee turned an early obsession with computers into a career designing visual effects for Bollywood films. In his role as a studio engineer, Marco Migliari makes musicians like Peter Gabriel and Van Morrison sound their very best.


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