What is engineering?

The term engineering derives from Latin ingenium, meaning `resourcefulness´ and gignere, meaning `to devise´. In Middle English the term `ingineer´ denoted a designer and constructor of fortifications and weapons.

What does engineering encompass?

The term engineering is used worldwide in a very broad sense of either invention, design, construction or maintenance. In our technical context, it refers to a range of more specialised fields of engineering, mainly dealing with (the improvement of) structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes. Find more here.

The industrial revolution

The single most driving force in the beginning of the industrial revolution - the steam machine - itself embodied a masterpiece of engineering wit. Scientific, economic, social and practical knowledge were applied in order to improve materials and processes and to design and build machines. The era of the (first) industrial revolution called out for `engine'ers´, ie men who knew their way around machines.

Diverse categories in engineering

In the 20th Century, the classic technical studies in architectural, civil and mechanical engineering were joined by new disciplines, such as chemical technology, electrical enginering, material science and avionics. In recent decades, cross-over disciplines have been added to the list, such as industrial design, computer sciences, technical business management or medical engineering.