Engineers are professionals who invent, design, analyze, build and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost.
In the digital age, the heavy burden of hand drawing and performing manual calculations is no longer a part of the engineer’s responsibilities. Computers extend the scale and scope of the problems that engineers can solve, while increasing the accuracy of the results. However, engineers, as the decision-makers, are still crucial to any problem-solving process. Without in-depth understanding of the underlying physics, engineers can easily miss the target in mechanical design and analysis.
Behind every breakthrough in autonomous driving, robotics, 3D printing, reusable rocket engines, digital twins, patient-specific healthcare interventions and advanced fighter jets, there’s an engineer, designer, entrepreneur, scientist or visionary.
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