How Any Enginerd Can Date a Beautiful Woman

Ignite Seattle 10 is coming up just around the corner on June 14th, so mark your calendars. They had a call for submissions and I thought, “What the heck. But what to present on? It needs to be funny, but also relevant. And not a shill for some product.”

As it turned out, I had already asked this question from the last time I wanted to present at Ignite Boulder. I flipped through the comments and decided that Jeff’s suggestion on How Any Man Can Pick Up Beautiful Women would be good starting point.

I submitted my topic suggestion with the following description:

I am a nerd, and I am an engineer.

How do I know this? Because I was drawing schematics of Star Trek related devices when I was in 5th grade, I ran my own web server from my home when I was in 9th grade, and, most importantly, I just (well, a year ago) graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a BS in Engineering, Specialty in Electrical Systems, Area of Special Interest in Mechanical Systems.

Now, I work for an aerodefensespace1 corporation, as an engineer.

And I’m dating a beautiful woman; actually, that’s not quite true.

But I have learned a lot about being an enginerd and being able to talk to women. And have them talk to me.

So, just because I haven’t found the “love of my life,” the Deanna Troi to my Will Riker, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from what I’ve learned.

It’s a shoe-in to win, right? Not quite. Unfortunately, I was not selected for the round of Ignite talks (they had a record number of entries). So you’ll have to wait for now.2


  1. I thought about shortening this to “aerodeface” 

  2. Story of my life…. 

8 Replies to “How Any Enginerd Can Date a Beautiful Woman”

  1. Haha I’m a big fan of dating “nerds” and an “enginerd” is even better! I think being intelligent is dead sexy. I actually own a book about this too, http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-Geeks-Official-Handbook/dp/1605500232.

    Anyway, I’m kind of nerdy in my own way– and I have definitely always been more attracted to the deep thinkers. The thing about “nerds” that I have found is they make the best boyfriends! They are soooo devoted/loyal/genuine/etc… they would do anything for you- and when you have computer problems- they’re there to save the day!

    I would take a nerd any day over a Ed Hardy wearing loser. But maybe that’s just me. 🙂

    Anyway, you will find an enginerd-loving girl who will love you for who you are- not just your brains. I promise!

  2. “And I?m dating a beautiful woman; actually, that?s not quite true”
    What part is not true? You ARE dating a beautiful woman, you AREN’T dating a beautiful woman, you are not dating anyone, or you are dating an ugly woman?
    (If you are dating ANYONE you should be VERY careful how you word your blogs…… you know that we can be very suspicious and moody at times….. just trying to keep your butt out of the proverbial wringer!)

  3. As a female geek, I would hate to attend Ignite only to discover that the organizers’ target audience consisted of heterosexual male geeks. I’m happy to see that the list of selected talks avoids anything that casually equates “enginerd” with “man”.

    I’m sure you had some tips in mind that would be useful for nerds of all genders/orientations – maybe next time you could find a more inclusive angle on the story?

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