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1 Steps used in Engineering Problem Solving Identification of a need Problem definition Search Constraints Criteria Alternative solutions Analysis Decision Specification Communication

2 Engineers are Inventors/Creators The professional life of engineers is devoted to the creative solution of problems. The world that envelops us is a technological one. The term technology is often confused with engineering, probably because engineers create it.

3 Technology Technology is the manifestation of engineering creativity; it results from creativity with a purpose, or engineering design. Consider the problem of sending someone to the moon and returning to earth in The Technology to do so did not exist; it had to be created. Created by Engineers.

4 Technology & Engineers Better yet, think about all the technology you encountered before you left home this morning. Example see webpage for for engineers are creators/Inventors by Dr. Abboud

5 Your life is affected by the work of Engineers; Examples The alarm clock wakes you. Not only is the alarm run by electricity, which must be produced somehow, somewhere, but someone, somewhere designed the alarm mechanism.

6 Examples You take a shower. The faucets are valves which were designed by engineer. The water comes through piping from a central water supply. The entire water distribution system was conceived and designed by engineers.

7 Engineers/Inventors An unusual engineer whose works are enjoyed by many is Alfred Hitchcock. Although he is best known as a movie director, he was trained as mechanical engineer. Inventing a paperclip was created to solve the problem of paper falling, etc. First inventor of clip paper is from Waterbury, CT.


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