What is Engineering?

The editor asked me to explain what I've learned during my 30 years as an engineer, perhaps to offer some advice to young engineers and students. One thing I've learned is that giving advice is usually inadvisable, and what I have to say may seem overly fundamental. But if you're interested, I'll tell you what I wish I had clearly known long ago. Engineering is putting knowledge of Nature to practical use. The end result of engineering is some physical thing: a machine, a tool, a gadget.

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