What is engineering?

Engineer – someone who uses scientific and mathematical knowledge to solve practical problems and produce goods and processes for the benefit of society

Scientists typically seek multiple strands of evidence to support or refute claims about the natural world, while engineers use an iterative problem solving process to meet specific, often human-related, needs. –1


There are many great videos that introduce engineering. Here are some of our favorites.

  • What is Engineering? (4:17) – Engineering explained – from mobile phones to the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), computer games and toothpaste to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and aeroplanes.
  • NASA Now: Designing a New Martian Rover (6:20) – Aerospace engineer Jennifer Keyes shows how NASA engineers developed a concept rover capable of traveling large distances on Mars. Engineering Design Process (starts 4:33)