Engineering is everywhere! From the glass you are drinking out of, the cell phone you're using, the car you drive, the bed you sleep on; I could go on and on...but I think you get the point.
Our problem, as Mr. Orsak states, is academic programs have high potential for turning off the new generation of students. This is huge!
I have a daughter that is enjoying a full ride through academic achievement at a Tennessee University. What is she good at? Math. She flew through Calculus. 2 areas of study interest her: Business Finance and Architectual Engineering. What is she leaning towards? Business Finance. Why? Because she sees the stereotypical engineer in a stuffy, cramped little office crunching numbers with little interface with others. Boring. I'm a Plastics Engineer and I love my job and its anything but boring...because I make it that way.
I believe that people should be educated on the daily benifits from engineers and what they do for society. Their lives are better because of it. Look at the progress over the last 100 years. Engineers played a big part in where we are today.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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