Why should I study engineering?
Engineering is important. It is also challenging and exciting. Engineers use models provided by science combined with innovative thinking to solve problems and create new designs that benefit humanity.
Albert Einstein said “Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been ”. It is “Science ” to describe electromagnetic radiation, but it is “Engineering ” to build a radio or TV. Many of the so-called “wonders of modern Science ” are really wonders of modern Engineering. For example, it involves engineering to:
- protect the world’s natural resources and enable them to be used more efficiently
- invent new types of diagnostic medical scanners
- design and build safer, faster, quieter, more fuel-efficient aircraft
- create smaller smartphones that are easier to use
- synthesise biologically compatible materials for artificial limbs
Many people are educated in engineering skills and use them in their jobs, but few are actually called “engineers ”. The vital importance of engineering is thus sometimes difficult to see.
A career in engineering is interesting and fun. It involves a lifetime of continuous learning to adapt to changes in society and the natural world. It often involves working in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, multi-site teams. It is a very worthwhile profession, and the results, when you succeed, can be incredibly satisfying.
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