Engineering Week

Working with Dolby

by Grace Patterson, Camp Reel Stories Camper. Originally published here.

This September, I had the opportunity of a lifetime mixing audio for my short film “After The Storm” with Director of Audio and Visual Production, John Loose, at Dolby studios in San Francisco. During our time at Dolby, we got to interact and experiment with state of the art sound equipment, create foley, and mix “After The Storm” in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Along with fellow campers Sasha, Clarissa and Truly and CRS staff April and Esther, we learned many crucial lessons about sound in film. 

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Highlighting Historic Role Models

by Catherine Baxter of Techbridge, reposted from her original post

For my role managing social media, I was really excited to write a dual story on Black History Month and Engineers Week, celebrating black female engineers whose careers and stories are inspiring to us here at Techbridge. But I have to be honest. Not only was finding women engineers of historical significance difficult, but finding women engineers of color was particularly difficult. This assignment was a stark reminder to me about why the work we do at Techbridge is imperative – to help create opportunities for women and girls of color to become engineers and be featured on lists like this one day!

The challenge I encountered while researching for this blog post was confirmed with statistics: the numbers of prominent black engineers and scientists are staggeringly low. Today, only 2 percent of African American women are represented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, while women in total make up 24 percent of the STEM workforce. These low numbers do not reflect the ability of black women in STEM, but instead represent industries that have been historically exclusive and hostile to women of color especially. We have so much respect for the women who have broken down barriers and became (or are becoming) the first in their field to reach a new height. They are the examples for girls of the next generation.

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