A Misleading Definition

Here is more of the same from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)…

Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles used to plan, build, direct, guide, manage, or work on systems to maintain and improve our daily lives.

This "application of science" notion is so pervasive that it sounds like it is pretty much all that we do and suggests that our creativity is not employed for artistry, self-expression, costs, or constructability, but solely for science.   That is just plain weird – and wrong.  This is pretty disappointing and the fact that the word "design" is missing again.  Design is the defining characteristic of engineering.

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