"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Reportable engineering

I find myself teaching engineering at the introductory level this summer.  It’s quite fun.  I have considerable control over what I do in a given day while working with motivated students.  Both features make teaching solidly wonderful.

I read the news pretty faithfully.  Because I’m teaching this class, I’ve been looking for good engineering headlines.  The oil spill, green energy initiatives, new electronic gadgets, and the discovery of minerals in Afghanistan have been predominantly featured in the news as of late.  But the relatively few topics that make the news actually seem to propagate misconceptions in engineering by defining a narrow domain for engineers to work.

So I’m trying to do what I can to expand the box, helping my students understand what counts as engineering across an array of domains.  We’ll see how this goes.


3 responses

  1. DN

    With these brilliant people, I have to wonder if they would have been able to solve the issue with the oil spill and get it capped? These young minds I have no doubt have the ability, skill, and want to truly make a difference which leads me to believe out of the minds of those one would not expect, a solution is in the making.

    4 July 2010 at 12:33 am

    • Incidentally the oil spill has been capped, just not as successfully as people would hope. Part of the reason it’s likely taking so long is a desire to save the well rather than a simple desire to stop the flow of oil. At a mile down, I’m not surprised of the technological issues. But really, placing a catchment over the leak to redirect the flow isn’t exactly a “creative” solution.

      4 July 2010 at 5:28 pm

  2. Great post! Good luck with your students.

    7 July 2010 at 3:57 pm

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