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How Do You Define an Engineer?

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Oldcarguy
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"Engineer" defined
Oldcarguy   3/8/2012 6:14:31 PM
An Engineer is one who practices the art of designing the most with the least, while not pissing of the laws of physics.

Mark Bottomley
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Make Science Affordable
Mark Bottomley   3/9/2012 4:41:27 PM
I teach an introduction to engineering seminar to grade 6 students and I tell them that engineers are "the ones who take science and make it affordable". The sample is a pencil that has 8 pieces and with parts costs, assembly, shipping, handling, etc., it sells for less than 10 cents - AND - the store selling it and everyone in between made a profit! That's engineering.

ClearPro.TimothyDonnelly
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Re: "Engineer" defined
ClearPro.TimothyDonnelly   3/10/2012 6:22:10 AM
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Agreed. Thomas A. Edison said: "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: Make Science Affordable
Jack Rupert, PE   3/17/2012 7:40:27 PM
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I love that statement Mark.  That piece of engineering is often overlooked.

Greg M. Jung
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Humorous Definition
Greg M. Jung   3/25/2012 3:43:55 PM
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Probably the most memorable definition I heard was:

An optimist sees the glass as half-full.  The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty.

The engineer sees too much glass.

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