The “Science and Engineering” Cheerleader?

Thanks, Bart, for letting me know about this clever video. Future engineers!

Speaking of engineers, a friend who works at the National Academy of Engineering suggested I ammend the title of Science Cheerleader and Science Debate to include the word “Engineering” because “science and engineering are not one-and-the-same” and many of the issues I address are, in fact, engineering matters. Although I’m not planning to change my name, I am making a point of singling out intelligent cheerleaders right here on ScienceCheerleader.com.

But I digress. Here’s a persuasive argument on behalf of engineers: Want to Engineer Real Change? Don’t Ask a Scientist. 

(Reprinted with author Henry Petroski’s permission.)

Sunday, January 25, 2009; B04

“We will restore science to its rightful place,” President Obama declared in his inaugural address. That certainly sounds like a worthy goal. But frankly, it has me worried. If we want to “harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories,” as Obama has decreed, we shouldn’t look to science. What we need is engineering.
To be fair, Obama’s misconception is a common one. Most people who aren’t scientists or engineers seem to think that science and engineering are the same. They’re not. Science seeks to understand the world as it is; only engineering can change it.
That’s not what most high-school teachers or even college professors tell their science students. But the truth is that full scientific understanding isn’t always necessary for technological advancement. Read full story.