Many engineers have already gone down this path, but we don’t have a name to describe it. Without a name for what I do, I’ve wasted too much time struggling to define my work identity. So let’s try to find better words for working without pay than “early retirement” or “dropping out”. In the past we respected Gentleman Scientists who were given everything but also gave back, and today we respect Starving Artists who trade comfort for art. Let’s claim a similar role for ourselves as “Engineers-at-large”, and let’s invite our friends to join us.