“Who did it?” is the primary distinction between science – the study of the natural world and engineering – designing objects and structure (man-made)
Engineering – creating solutions with ideas, processes, tools – exploring the “designed world”, different from scientific method and the natural world. This NASA video provides an intro to engineering, the engineering design process, building space suit and repairing space station as examples. Engineers, Inspiring a New Generation of What If video highlights biomedical and energy solutions.
Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build things that matter. They are team players with independent minds who turn ideas into reality. Many become licensed professional engineers (P.E.s) in order to better protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time.
Scientific inquiry is concerned with what is, while engineering design is focused on what can be.