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Inspiring Engineers Since 1964

by IEEE SpectrumAugust 29, 2014

To celebrate Spectrum’s 50th Anniversary we decided to make this short video. In it we hoped to capture the “just do it” spirit that many of the engineers and technologists we know carry in their DNA and express from a very young age. Our friend Tommy here certainly has it in spades.

1964 was a technologically optimistic moment. Go to the moon, why not? Build robots that serve your dinner and clean out your garage? Coming right up. Technology was going to make people’s lives easier and better. And more fun.

In 1964 IEEE was a largely U.S. organization of electrical and radio engineers; now it’s a global community of men and women from dozens of disciplines working on the next big—or in some cases very small—new thing.

Just about every engineer or technologist we have spoken to, particularly for our Dream Job series, has told us that there was someone—a mom, a dad, an aunt, an uncle, a teacher, a robotics coach, a philosophy teacher, a local librarian, who told them to go ahead, that they could make a difference. To see problems and try to solve them, either by recombining and reimagining existing technologies, or by creating solutions that are entirely utterly crazily new.

Engineering and technology are about people—new technologies don’t just magically appear, people create them. Spectrum hopes to inspire tomorrow leaders by writing about these exciting new developments and puling back the curtain a bit on how they actually come into being.

photo of kitchen shoot in progress
Photo: Celia Gorman
On The Scene: The crew sets up for a shot of the breakfast machine in action.

Video Credits

Bradley Glenn

Writer: Bradley Glenn
Cast: Dante Diez
Produced By: Bradley Glenn, Totem and Taboo Productions
Original music by: Christopher Joss
Director of Photography: James Fideler
Invention, Fabrication and Prop Design: Ed Potokar
Art Direction: Susan Block
Art Department & Set Decoration: Camillia Wycoco, Alex Macron
Costume Design: Susan Block
Sound: Donny Tam
Makeup:  Shay Oliveira
Line Producer: Maura McGloin
Production Manager: Jevonne Bowmann
Production Coordinator:  Ariana McLean
Gaffer: Jack Foster
Best Boy Grip: Darina Sikmashvili
2nd Electric: Margot Kingon, Thomas Vanderwall
Assistant Director: Dan Taggatz
Storyboard Artist: John Sicoransa
Location Scout: Aaron Hurvitz
Production Assistants: Raesan Romero, Alice Johnson, Raisa Epps, Charles Carter


Editor: Yaniv Dabach
Visual effects and animation: Tim Reardon
Post Sound Audio Bryant Falk, Abacus Audio
Catering: Rich Colangelo

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