A search is under way for a “dashing female” who can follow in the footsteps of MacGyver, the brainy secret agent who used paper clips and other everyday items to repeatedly engineer his way out of jams in the 1980s ABC TV show.
Reuters reports that the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering is behind the new crowdsourcing effort. The school is working with Washington’s National Academy of Engineering and the MacGyver Foundation to round up ideas for a new TV series.
Said Lee Zlotoff, who created the original “MacGyver” TV show: “We want to be surprised. We want to be amazed.”
The story notes, “Zlotoff urged people to send in ideas for the new TV show by April 17. Five winners will receive $5,000 and be paired with producers to create a script, which will then be pitched to a network.”
Reuters adds: “Organizers are hoping that a show featuring a dashing female engineer will do for the field what the ‘CSI’ series has done for forensic sciences. They also want to get more girls and young women interested in engineering. Less than 20 percent of engineering bachelors degrees go to women, and trends point to even fewer in the future.”