Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.
—Theodore von Kármán (1881–1963)
Engineering is treated with disdain, on the whole. It’s considered to be rather boring and irrelevant, yet neither of those is true.
—James Dyson (1947)
Engineers are people who apply their knowledge of how things work to building new things. This has been going on for a very long time, but the word “engineer” goes back to the twelfth century when it was applied to people who built military engines of destruction. As the knowledge of building bridges and towns grew, engineers were divided into military and civil classifications. It was not until the nineteenth century that chemical, electrical, ...