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Bleeker: The Rechargeable dog honors engineers

Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog

This week’s Bleeker: The Rechargeable Dog begins a two week series spotlighting engineers and engineering. The series is in partnership with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and features characters Skip and Lila learning how engineering makes a positive impact in our world.

“Since I draw a comic strip about robots, I was really excited to join forces with the National Academy of Engineering and create an engineering-focused storyline in Bleeker,” said Jonathan Mahood. “It was a chance to highlight, for readers young and old, the essential role engineering plays in our daily lives and how it will help shape our future. On a personal note, my dad was an electrical engineer and as kids we really had no idea what he did at his job all day. Creating these comics helped me to reconnect and realize what a creative and hands-on profession he had.”

On Sept. 21, Bleeker will feature a mention of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. These game-changing opportunities, which are identified by an international committee of some of this generation’s leading technological thinkers including Google CEO Larry Page, NOAA head Jane Luchenco, Nobel Prize-winner Mario Molina, genome pioneer J. Craig Venter, and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry among others, are proving to be inspirational in education through activities like the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program taking root at colleges and universities across the nation.

Community Comments

#1 Mike Cope
September/20/2012
@ 8:28 am

Awesome! Congrats, Jonathan :)

#2 Brian Fies
September/20/2012
@ 10:00 am

Neat idea, Jonathan! Inspiring. Imagine how you’d feel if some kid reading Bleeker is inspired to work hard in school, study engineering, invent a robot dog, and use his army of robot dogs to enslave humanity! The biggest holiday of the year will be “Thank You Jonathan Mahood Day,” but our hearts won’t really be in it. Still, best to get on Jonathan’s good side now. So, way to go, buddy!

#3 Mike Cope
September/20/2012
@ 12:15 pm

Brain Fies has seen the future, and it is, umm, “Bleek.” :)

#4 Jonathan Mahood
September/21/2012
@ 10:28 am

Ha! Thanks guys….I think….

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