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  • Engineers often make challenging decisions that can sometimes affect thousands of people. To help them to make good decisions, many engineering organizations have created guidelines for professional behavior or "codes of ethics".

    Most engineering codes of ethics state that engineers must consider the safety, health, and general well-being of the people that are or may be affected by their work. Many of these codes also state that engineers must also consider how their work can sustainably protect the environment.

    This means that public safety, health, and well-being, and environmental sustainability are primary concerns for engineers.

    Resource Added: September 14, 2015

  • Engineers are essential to the way we live. They help to keep us safe and healthy, make sure we have enough to eat, get us from one place to another, and they even shape the way we play. Consider your favorite sport, and then think about all the different kinds of technologies that are used in playing, scoring, or training for that sport. From something as seemingly-simple as the fabric for a uniform to high-speed cameras and biosensors, technology is essential to the way we experience sports, and engineers make all those technologies possible!

    Resource Added: October 9, 2014

  • The year 2014 marks 50 years since the creation of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Much has changed in that half century! At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, visitors were amazed by color televisions, a prototype of a picture phone, new materials like Mylar®, displays of a space program that promised to put an astronaut on the moon, and demonstrations of huge computers that could draw up a list of events that happened on a given date in history. We now have computers on every desk and some that can fit in our pockets. We have explored the moon and Mars and launched the Hubble space telescope. Our phones can take pictures, connect to the internet, and play music and movies.

    All these innovations relied on engineering. Think about how engineering has affected your life. How has it improved people’s quality of life? What further needs of society could be addressed by engineering?

    Resource Added: October 24, 2013

  • It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without modern medicine. Doctors today have a wealth of tools at their disposal to combat human suffering. From complex robotic surgical suites that enable surgeons to operate on patients thousands of miles away to simple storage mechanisms for vaccines in the developing world, engineering and technology are central to the way we fight disease. There have been many successes on the road to a healthier planet, but many battles are still left to fight. The following five diseases are considered the leading causes of death throughout the world today*:

    Resource Added: October 11, 2012

  • Shopping at your local supermarket is a different experience today than it was even 50 years ago. Today the food we eat comes from around the world and is often already prepared in a wonderful variety of ways. Engineers are actively involved in every step of the process—they design the specialized machines used to plant and harvest crops and develop unique manufacturing processes to prepare, package, and transport foods in safe and secure ways.

    Resource Added: October 31, 2011

  • Flood, famine, earthquake, tsunami, oil spill, blackout, building collapse, mining accident, wildfire, hurricane, tornado, terrorist attack—all have been headline news in recent years. Disasters, both natural and man-made, can take many forms. Every disaster presents unique challenges and requires fast and decisive action to save lives and limit damages. Engineers are involved in designing many products specifically for use in disaster zones such as portable medical equipment, oil skimmers, or basic shelters. Identify an item designed specifically for use in disaster relief, and then do some research on it to write your essay.

    Resource Added: November 3, 2010

  • If you have to be stranded somewhere with someone, you might want to hope you are stranded with an engineer. Engineers think big and solve problems with whatever resources they have available so they would be great companions on a deserted island. Try this exercise to see if you can think like an engineer:

    Resource Added: November 17, 2009

  • Have you ever wondered what goes through an engineer’s mind when she is designing a new product? It takes creativity as well as attention to details and design requirements. Often engineers will use an object as an example and then make improvements for safety, function, or attractiveness. Sometimes a design works best when it is simple, and other times it requires complicated calculations.

    Resource Added: October 31, 2008

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    Interested in ideas and people that make a difference?
    Have an idea for changing the world? Interested in technology?

    Engineering: Improving Our World
    Essay Contest
    In 500-1000 words tell us how you think engineers have and continue to improve ...

    Resource Added: December 7, 2005

  • Engineers are dreamers. They think up things and figure out ways to make them happen. By the year 2020, engineers will have invented things and solved problems we can only dream about today.

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

  • Solve this real-world experience using engineering and your creativity

    Resource Added: December 4, 2005

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