Have You Thought About What Engineers Really Do?
The following uses some material from
A Pocket Guide To: What Engineers Do (ASU Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering) This ASU Fulton 2010 publication (is a bit dated but) is highly spirited and recommended.


Dr. Rodriguez Interviewed for VMETV (PBS) Generation STEM: Inspiring Young Students to Pursue Engineering (Audio in Spanish; 25 minutes)


We all know that engineers play a significant role in shaping the world we live in. Engineers are responsible (in part) for the ongoing technological revolution that the world is experiencing.

Without engineers, many (if not most) of the technology we use day-in and day-out would not exist.

Engineers are critical toward achieving and maintaining a high standard of living. As technology continues to advance, we expect living standards around the world to significantly improve. Billions should benefit from this advance.

Engineers are innovators that discover and design ways to significantly enhance all areas of people's lives.
These areas include advanced:

• transportation systems
• communication systems
• computer systems
• health and medical diagnostic and surgical systems
• personalized medicine
• clean energy solutions
• environmental solutions
• automation
• robotic sytems
• mass asynchronous learning environments
• air, land, sea and cyber defense systems
• space and underwater exploration systems

and much much more.

Engineers make our lives easier, safer and better.

Engineers create technology, infrastructure, processes, materials, devices and systems that we use every day.

Engineers are responsible for the development of many "products."

These include:

• medical devices that save lives (e.g. pace makers, defibrillators, medicine dispensers, artificial limbs and organs)

• communication/computing devices and systems (e.g. smart cell phones, powerful desktop and laptop computers, PDAs, the internet)

• advanced transportation systems (e.g. hybrid vehicles, magnetically levitated trains, hypersonic aircraft)

• advanced robotic systems (e.g. on manufacturing lines, for delicate surgical procedures)


Engineers have dramatically shaped the world.Here's just a few of their major accomplishments (AAR, 2017):

  • petaflop (1015 flop) supercomputers (Michael Feldman; 6-20-16) marching towards exaflop (1018 flop, human brain neuron speed) machines
  • Global Communications, 5G mobile network
  • The Internet
  • Spacecraft, Reusable rockets (in progress in 2017)
  • 2015 Rocket Breakthroughs (Brian Bergstein)
  • Driverless vehicles (in progress in 2017)
  • Organ Growth (Josie Glausiusz;3-2011)
  • In just the last 100 years, many revolutionary changes have taken place.

    During this short period, we've gone from primitive communications to instant world wide multimedia communications;
    airplanes that fly 40 mph to airplanes that fly 10 times the speed of sound (link to X-43A Mach 10 Flight); - a truly amazing feat.

    What will happen over the next 20 years?
    It will be amazing.
    We want you to be part of this forthcoming change.
    The possibilities are literally unbounded.
    It is up to you to imagine, plan, create, and live your future.
    We'd like to help you with this very personal and life changing endeavor (AAR, 2017).





    The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering emphasize impact and excellence.
    We seek to have impact by finding solutions to the grand challenges facing society, through both our research and the education of the next generation of engineering professionals. We strive for excellence in each of our undergraduate degree programs, which graduate an average of 1,200 new engineers each year (Approximate date: ~ 2010).


    • 24th among public US universities
    Ranked in the top 10% of all accredited engineering programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, with 10 academic programs ranked in the top 35.



    Dr. Armando A. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
    Executive Director
    Southwest Institute for ENG Transfer Excellence (SWIETE)

    Motivated Engineering Transfer Students (METS) Center
    Professor of Electrical Engineering
    School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
    Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
    Arizona State University

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