An Open Letter To The Bullying Senior Technical Editor of the EE Times

You Are The Reason Why Diversity In STEM Is So Low

As a graduate of the CS program at WPI, I’m appalled by an all-too-common occurrence of bullying appearing in a professional technical publication, the EE Times.

How is it that a Senior Technical Editor of a respected trade magazine, in this day and age, is calling other professionals what he thinks are negative names, and that this ridiculous content is actually being published? In one blog post, an alumnus manages to disrespect our alma mater, insult an entire profession, and likely continue to put off a huge population of people from ever considering a career in STEM. Anyone who isn’t a white male is going to look at this kind of behavior and think: “No thanks, I don’t want to deal with asses like that person for my entire career.” AND WHO CAN BLAME THEM?

What is it going to take to end elitism and snobbery, and yes, even bullying in technical disciplines? How is it that so many people in engineering fields perceive themselves as being so much better than others? Are we lacking some basic form of teaching empathy in our educational curricula, something that gets missed when people focus on engineering and science?

Feel free to read the article for yourself and let me know how professional you think it is.

I’m posting the comment I left for the author here, just in case they decide to delete it. And, here’s my own picture, representing you and other Cro-magnon ilk who are keeping entire industries from embracing diversity and moving forward:

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Shame on you.

mik3cap   7/4/2014 10:42:15 AM
“Bullying and elitism like this is one of the reasons why people with more diverse backgrounds don’t go into STEM. What is even the point of the article in the first place, besides reminiscing about putting people down?

Hi, WPI CS major here. I’m quite happy to be reminded of good college times by the use of the word gweep, with my only negative experiences tied to “being a gweep” including extensive bullying from fraternity types. It all made me quite proud to be a GDI as the frat boys like to call us non-frat people, and even prouder to be a “wedgerat”, as the bullies (people like the author) liked to call people who congregated in the common area between dorms that was one of the only common spaces before a campus center was built.

Here’s hoping that technical industries will eventually progress beyond childish name calling and move forward into more inclusive and less elitist pastimes.”