If engineers ruled the world…

-February 24, 2016

It’s Engineers Week here in the United States. Running from February 21-27, 2016, it’s the one week a year that the nation celebrates how engineers make a difference in our world, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and look for ways to jumpstart engineering projects.

That’s the rest of the country. At EDN, we do that 365 days a year (or 366 days this leap year). Each Engineers Week, though, we find a way, an often somewhat humorous way, to celebrate how incredible engineers are. Previous years’ fun content has included:

Why engineers are awesome
Engineers are more important than everyone else

This year Engineers Week falls during a rather volatile period in the US. Like the Leap Year, such a period crops up every 4 years or so. It’s a major election year. And, as occurs during most election years, it is plainly obvious that the world would be a better place if engineers ran it.

Below, we offer 7 simple (tongue-in-check) ways the world would be a better place if engineers ruled.

War no more
War is an excessive use of resources, resources that could be much better put to use designing devices, gadgets, and gizmos.

Bye-bye BS
If engineers ruled the world, politics would be replaced with math and the arguments around math involve sine function or binomial coefficients -- nice, pure topics opposed to that of politics.

You actually do your job
No stall tactics. No filibusters. No digging in your heels because you don’t agree with the other guy’s politics (again, that would be math). When an engineer has a task, they do it. Plain and simple. (They might do it over to make it better, but they’ve done it.)

Look at what’s next
On that note, engineers not only do the job at hand but know how to work across needs. They understand software and hardware have to work together and serve a common goal. They understand that what they do today will impact tomorrow, and calculate what’s next before it arrives.

Open to ideas
Generally, engineers are open to ideas and knowledge sharing. Growth of the open-source movement and EDN’s long-time running Design Ideas section are solid proof of that.

You can work a budget
Engineers have seen their budgets shrink year after year, yet somehow they keep creating amazing designs on a dime. Meanwhile, our leaders spend major money trying to get companies to create a back door to smartphones.

Most importantly …
Engineers have good ideas – actually good ideas – that help humanity. And that’s one of the biggest reasons to celebrate this Engineers Week.

Happy Engineers Week, all. And know that next week and the week after that, and the week after that, we’ll still be celebrating all you are and do here at EDN.

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