engineers as superheroesEngineers might not wear capes, but there’s no doubt that they have superhero status. Need convincing? Just ask Sam Ennis, an Iowa State University engineering student who depicted engineers as real-life superheroes in a video for IEEE’s “How Engineers Make a World of Difference” video contest.

The video features Jim, a bespectacled engineer whom “everyone thinks is just a normal guy.” Yet Jim has a secret: He’s actually a superhero, an engineer who solves problems using math and science.

What superhero vignette would be complete without someone in distress? Accompanied by a catchy soundtrack, Jim encounters a number of people, all of who have problems only an engineer can solve: building design, virtual reality gaming, alternative fuel and space travel.

With a shiny silver “E” emblazoned on his chest, Jim saves the day (giving a shout-out to several types of engineering). And one of our favorite parts of the video? At the end, Jim credits his superhuman abilities to a college education (rather than a radioactive spider bite).

Feel like channeling your own inner superhero? Take a look at Sam’s clever creation:

Sam took home top honors for his video in this year’s IEEE student video competition in which entrants are challenged to create effective two-minute video clips that show how engineers improve the world. The kicker? The videos should be created with an 11- to 13-year-old audience in mind.

Pretty brilliant, isn’t it? Not only is IEEE encouraging students to showcase why engineering matters — the videos are designed for a young audience, showing them not only why engineering is fun, but also why they should consider pursuing an engineering career.

Congratulations on a well-deserved win, Sam! Engineers may not have X-ray vision or be able to fly, but there’s no doubt that the designs and solutions they create daily have serious superhero qualities.

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