Engineer

“I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me.”

“Science is about knowing, engineering is about doing.”

“Manufacturing, science and engineering are…incredibly creative. I’d venture to say more so than creative advertising agencies and things that are known as the creative industries.”

“First rule of engineering; beware prototypes. Along with, avoid anything made by an engineer who doesn’t have all his own fingers.”

“I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.”

“A great bridge is a great monument which should serve to make known the splendour and genius of a nation; one should not occupy oneself with efforts to perfect it architecturally, for taste is always susceptible to change, but to conserve always in its form and decoration the character of solidity which is proper.”

“Engineers … are not superhuman. They make mistakes in their assumptions, in their calculations, in their conclusions. That they make mistakes is forgivable; that they catch them is imperative. Thus, it is the essence of modern engineering not only to be able to check one’s own work but also to have one’s work checked and to be able to check the work of others.”

“I take the vision which comes from dreams and apply the magic of science and mathematics, adding the heritage of my profession and my knowledge of nature’s materials to create a design.

“[I am] opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today.”

 “Design is not how it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” – Steve Jobs

 “A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering” – Freeman Dyson (theoretical physicist and mathematician)

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci (engineer, inventor, artist, mathematician)

 “There is nothing I believe more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.” – Bill Nye (science educator, former mechanical engineer)

“Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty; make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you’ll have an engineer for life.” – Bruce Dickinson (airline pilot, musician)

“To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.” – Unknown

“One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word. – Robert A. Heinlein (Sci-FI writer)

 “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company)

“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe.” – Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States)

“At its heart engineering is about using science to find creative practical solutions. It’s a noble profession.” – Queen Elizabeth 

“My brother is an electrical engineer and went to computer science grad school at Stanford, and he’d tell me stories about the happy hours he’d organize.”

First off, Alec Berg isn’t an engineer. He’s a comedian who witnesses how his brother does life. And engineers mostly want order. If you’re an engineer and you feel different from people around you, it’s because you are. Be proud of it. People need your organizing talents.

“One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.”

“What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems… there’s no law of physics preventing them.”

“The fewer moving parts, the better.” “Exactly. No truer words were ever spoken in the context of engineering.”

“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.”

 “The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.”

“Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money.”

“Science is about knowing, engineering is about doing.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works.”

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”

 “Shoot the engineer and ship the product.”

“Perfect is the Enemy of Good.”

“Others dream of things that were, and ask ‘Why?’  I dream of things that never were, and ask ‘Why not?'”

“Your test equipment is lying to you and it is your job to figure out how.”

“Keep it simple, stupid.”

“As in real life, complex engineering designs demand a pragmatic approach.”

“In engineering, the joints are the most crucial. They have to be both firm and flexible, exactly like the joints in our body.”

“The brain can be put to better use by reducing anxiety, just as reducing friction between threads can increase the torque transferred to the axial load.”

“He strode briskly away, to do whatever it was the managers did. Have meetings, I guess. Make phone calls. It was hard for us on the technical side to understand why the company required so many managers. Engineers built things. Salespeople sold things. Even Human Resources I could understand, kind of. But managers proliferated despite performing very few identifiable functions.”

“My belief is, either you understand things or you understand people. Nobody can do both. Frankly, I’m happier with things. I understand stuff like tensile strength, shearing force, ductility, work hardening, stress, fatigue. I know the same sort of things happen with people, but the rules are subtly different. And nobody’s ever paid for my time to get to know about people”

“Struggle only when if its absolute necessity, if you will struggle on every step you can never reach up to the goal.”

“I’ve found that all it usually takes to draw out an engineer is to ask a couple of technical questions and then remain calm while listening to the answers. Most people tend to take on a blank, frightened look as soon as they realize that a technical explanation is underway; if you can resist giving this reaction and simply listen, your engineer will open up and tell you everything you ever wanted to know.”

“People wish their friends to be in politics, but their sons in professions.”

“The complete Apollo team…directly involves slightly over 400,000 people…Included are some of the country’s foremost scientists and engineers. This mobilization of men and resources is unprecedented in history since WWII”

“The people who work with solar photovoltaics (PV) tend to be sick, I’ve worked with many of them. They were showing classic symptoms of Radio Wave Sickness (RWS).”

“A good businessman knows how to make a profit. An engineer makes sure it runs well. We need more leaders who are task oriented.”

“Engineering is the art and science of nuts and bolts.”

“One has to look out for engineers—they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.”

“Engaging specialists in interpreting ancient artifacts in Egypt is absolutely necessary in establishing a credible hypothesis. Without their input, there cannot be a comprehensive understanding of the past. For instance, the pyramids on the Giza Plateau were built not by Egyptologists or archaeologists but by engineers and craftsmen. It is not surprising, therefore, that Egyptologists overlook engineering features and nuances that would be recognized immediately by those who are trained in those disciplines.”

“Because of the tendency of engineers to focus more on engineering matters rather than on archaeology, history, or anthropology, they are often accused of stripping artifacts of their cultural context and cherrypicking the evidence. Yet as an engineer, I strongly argue that the engineering context is, in fact, a cultural context in and of itself–one that is less susceptible to ambiguity than the cultural context of mummies and potsherds, which can be added decades or even centuries after a building has been completed.”“An engineer is a machine for turning coffee into designs (apologies to Paul Erdős)”

“An engineer is a machine for turning coffee into designs (apologies to Paul Erdős)”

“Meanwhile, the original programmers will have left, and their replacements — believing they understand the code — will make some truly spectacular errors, mistakes that will suddenly make everything completely stop working for a while. So that what had seemed to be a descending curve of bugs, a fall toward the ever-receding zero, will reveal itself as the shape of another equation altogether: a line of relentlessly rising, bug-counts climbing in an endless battle against infinity.”

“This is what makes them good engineers. Perfectionism: incinerating perfectionism.”

“The space shuttle Challenger disaster was a classic example of what happens when engineers are overruled by incompetent managers.”

“People with an engineering-oriented mind will tend to look at everything around as an engineering problem. This is a very good thing in engineering, but when dealing with cats, it is a much better idea to hire veterinarians than circuit engineers…”

We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.

There can be little doubt that in many ways the story of bridge building is the story of civilisation. By it, we can readily measure an important part of a people’s progress.

When engineers and quantity surveyors discuss aesthetics and architects study what cranes do we are on the right road.

This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully and quote aptly.

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong, it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.

The joy of engineering is to find a straight line on a double logarithmic diagram.

One has to watch out for engineers – they begin with the sewing machine and end up with the atomic bomb.

Nothing is so inspiring as seeing big works well laid out and planned and a real engineering organisation.

Nothing can be of great worth or holy which is the work of builders and mechanics.

No greater care is required upon any works than upon such as are to withstand the action of water; for this reason, all parts of the work need to be done exactly according to the rules of the art which all workmen know, but few observe.

Men build bridges and throw railroads across deserts, and yet they contend successfully that the job of sewing on a button is beyond them. Accordingly, they don’t have to sew buttons.

It takes an engineer to undertake the training of an engineer and not, as often happens, a theoretical engineer who is clever on a blackboard with mathematical formulae but useless as far as production is concerned.

His father loved him dearly, but his work, that of a civil engineer, had left him with but little time for his family. Energetic, active, and always taken up with some responsible work, he did not spoil his children with excessive tenderness.

Go for civil engineering, because civil engineering is the branch of engineering which teaches you the most about managing people. Managing people is a skill which is very, very useful and applies almost regardless of what you do.

From the laying out of a line of a tunnel to its final completion, the work may be either a series of experiments made at the expense of the proprietors of the project, or a series of judicious applications of the results of previous experience.

Engineers … are not mere technicians and should not approve or lend their name to any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization

Engineering refers to the practice of organizing the design and construction [and, I would add operation] of any artifice which transforms the physical world around us to meet some recognized need.

Engineering is the art of modeling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.

Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money.

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.

Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.

Each type of knowledge has value; however, from an engineering point of view, practical knowledge seems to be more valuable than theoretical knowledge.

An engineer is someone who is good with figures but doesn’t have the personality of an accountant.

Life is like a gas turbine, After every compressor, there is always a turbine!;

Engineering is the art and science of nuts and bolts.

“One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.”

In engineering, the joints are the most crucial. They have to be both firm and flexible, exactly like the joints in our body.;

The foundation of a nation is something that is built by engineers so that we can live on it and dwell in pride.

Engineers – the people who bring a semblance between science and society!

If you ever believed in magic then engineers are true magicians. Each of the works they pull of is no less than a wonder that deserves immense applause.

Power is the utmost need for existence and it is the engineers who make sure that we have enough power and resources on our side so as to exist happily ever after.

Things normal people found impossible were the ones that engineers found challenging and they eventually lived up to the challenge and made it possible!

A world without engineers will be like the life of a plant without sunlight and the beating of the heart without blood in the body. Engineers are integral to society and hence they deserve to be given recognition for the work they do. Happy professional Engineers day.

Engineering is a science that has all the features of art! Without being an artist, you cannot sketch your imaginations on the canvas of earth.

Happy Professional Engineers day. This day should always be celebrated so that we let every PE know that their services are of great value to us and each of them is a gem that we adore and love to have.

It’s with the help of a clan of PE that we connect the world and have made it a smaller place altogether. Without their knowledge and practice, such a feat was impossible.

Each of the engineers out there is responsible for creating a world that even the creator could never imagine. Happy Professional Engineers Day.

The one who sacrifices their food, sleep, and every other joy of life is an Engineer. The one who forgets his birthdays but remembers the deadlines is an Engineer. Being an Engineer is never easy. Happy Professional Engineers Day.

Engineering is one of the most noble professions because it uses science to find amazing solutions to real-life problems that are faced by the masses. It’s work for the community!