How does engineering contribute to modern world innovation?

– Originally written by Yasir Alvi –

Engineering has always played a salient role in this contemporary world of leadership. It has continually stimulated innovation and most importantly ensured the continuous flow of improvements in aspects of human existence.

When it comes to innovation in engineering, it cannot be overestimated. Creativity is a unique feature in engineering, as many people will mistake it to be all about working with a rational and logical process, when in fact engineering and innovation go hand in hand.

The current technological level of the globe has proven that innovation is a great influence on the growth and survival of today’s engineering world. Hence, higher education institutions need to be committed to teaching innovation and engineering while also emphasising entrepreneurship.

Incorporating entrepreneurship with innovation has proven to be a key driver in today’s engineering world, and the desire for sustainable products, services, and technologies.

This article will expose us to how engineering and innovation have helped in modernising our world.  There are three critical areas in which engineering and innovation have been used to better society.

Innovative technology

Technology has become so advanced that it is now progressing at the fastest rate in human history in making our lives better.

The rate at which technology progresses has doubled every decade, giving the power of technology an exponential curve upwards.

Engineers are at the forefront of technological advancement and improvement, designing brand new machines and algorithms to help tackle or solve societal problems.

Technology is being used to combat climate change, enhance and improve our quality of life and unite people together. Engineers look at objects and processes and deeply think ‘how can this be made better?’ Moreover, moral and ethical issues are brought into question as well. Focusing more on ethical engineering brings about rapid progress on a more controlled path that works for the benefit of society as a whole.

Improved health system

Medical technology permits the implementation of new procedures and treatments to fight rampaging diseases.

Recent developments include nanotechnology that can fight cancer cells without affecting healthy tissue, brain-machine interfaces that permit the transmission of brain signals to artificial limbs, and the alteration of the human genome.

Through the power of engineering, new vaccines can be synthesised, new antibiotics can be bioengineered and new scanners can be created to detect minute changes. Engineering also implements predictive systems to run diverse simulations of theoretical treatments, which are being used to research cures for cancer.

These advances could not have been achieved without the engineers who design and invent the machines that make it all possible.

Infrastructural development

Engineering has led to breakthrough developments in transportation across land, sea, and air all over the world.

Supervision, building, construction, and maintenance of infrastructural projects and systems such as roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems in the public and private sector, are carried out by engineers.

Self-driving electric cars can reduce the rate of accidents, planes are safer, and boats are cutting their emissions through solar power and enhanced materials.

Roads are changing and soon we may desert them entirely, substituting the roads for the skies in flying cars.

As the world’s population grows exponentially, and society becomes increasingly urbanised, we’ll need new transport solutions to move large numbers of people reliably and efficiently. The need to seek innovative, sustainable, and permanent solutions to these awakening problems is what makes engineering careers so rewarding and essential to society.

Now, you can say that advancements in the field of engineering have all been made through complex studies and experimentation. This is an important aspect to be considered by anybody who wants a career in engineering.