Engineers Make the World Better: An Interview with CB Sanderson, Mechanical Engineering Technologist

As part of the global commitment to develop a robust STEM workforce for the future, Cricket Media, Inc. and IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced a partnership to create TryEngineering Together, a unique eMentorship platform giving companies a resource to mobilize their employees as volunteers to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technical professionals.

The program’s design is simple and designed to achieve results. Students and company volunteers are matched 1:1 in “eMentoring” relationships to create safe, powerful STEM learning experiences. Guided by a curriculum designed to be engaging, interactive and thought-provoking, students and their eMentors read short, timely articles related to STEM subjects and discuss hands-on activities that students are experiencing in class. Throughout the academic year, students and mentors communicate regularly online to ask questions, share ideas, investigate new developments and complete projects together. Because the interaction happens online, volunteers can participate anytime from anywhere.

There are so many kinds of engineers! Meet one Engineering Technologist and learn how CB Sanderson turned a rusty lawn mower into a career in engineering. Christopher is one of six Engineering Profiles to be shared with Mentors, Teachers, and Students as part of the STEM TryEngineering Together program. During his interview Christopher was asked, So what got you interested in engineering?

“I was fascinated with how things work. I was always thinking about how to make machines work better. When I was in the eighth grade, my neighbor was throwing out an old, rusted lawn mower. My neighbor let me have it. Everyone I knew called it a piece of junk. But I took that lawn mower apart, fixed it, repainted it and entered it into my high school vocational program competition. Not only did I get first place in the district competition, but in state as well. I learned how a lawn mower works but also how parts work together. That was fascinating! And I was proud of what I accomplished.”

To view Christopher’s entire interview profile and learn more about the other five engineering profiles or to discuss sponsorship opportunities during the 2018-2019 school year, please visit or email 

CB Sanderson and Ben Franklin at IEEE PCIC Philadelphia

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