Thanks for Making It is a podcast about Design Engineering for people who are curious about the intersection of design, engineering, art, and science. In each episode, Professor Beth Altringer Eagle interviews professionals who combine design and technology skills so effectively that they create product and experiences that feel almost magical. Ultimately, Thanks for Making It pays tribute to the origin stories of creators and creations that move us, and change our lives for the better. TFMI.FM by madecollaborative.org.
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle
Beth leads the joint Master of Arts in Design Engineering (MADE) at Brown University School of Engineering and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she is a professor of Design Engineering. She runs a full-service product design studio, and likes to make indie learning games and generative art in her free time.
Thanks for Making It | S1E1: How Questioning Everything Helps You Find Better Solutions – Meg Liotta of Tesla
Beth Ames Altringer Eagle, Meg Liotta, Industrial Design Department, and MADE
In the automotive industry, engineering and design are two core components. But, many companies prioritize one (read: engineering) over the other. That's for a reason — cars are about functionality and safety as well as durability and cost-effectiveness. However, design is also about functionality. For instance, interior design solutions must ensure comfort and practicality. Therefore, the intersection of engineering and design is key to the success of a car giant such as Tesla. That's also the topic of this episode of Thanks for Making It. Our guest is Meg Liotta, the Senior Recruiter at Tesla. Meg and host Beth Altringer Eagle discuss the synergy between design and engineering, what it takes to work in a design engineering role, and what soft skills are required for working at Tesla. Meg shares her career path and a piece of valuable advice for students entering the job market. Meg and Beth also discuss diversity in the business world and emphasize the significance of diversity of thought and experience.