“The pen is mightier than the sword”.
But in our 21st century, the electric spark of an electrical engineer, the fluid mechanics theory of a mechanical engineer and coding-programs of a software engineer are mightier than a mere pen, for engineers are architects of a modern society, the inevitable ones with indomitable spirits who have the potential to change the world in every sense. History has it that the industrial revolution in the 19th century paved way for the advancement in the field of engineering in 20th century and thereby, the technological revolution of the 21st century.
Engineers are the pioneers of the modern era for they perfectly blend the present technology and scientific knowhow to elevate the standards of living and add comfort to life.
Scores of times a day, with the merest flick of a finger, each one of us taps into vast sources of energy-deep vein of coal and great reservoirs of oil, sweeping wind and rushing water, the hidden power of atom and the radiance of the sun itself-all transformed into electricity, the power-house of the modern world is the greatest engineering feat ever known to mankind.
In the field of medical and health technology, the life saving drugs, the sophisticated biomedical equipments and the patient monitoring systems have considerably reduced the death rates and even successfully eradicated epidemic diseases.
The ongoing trend of new applied branches of engineering like automobile engineering and petroleum engineering have created a revolution in the automobile and petrochemical sector by designing high performance vehicles and fuels. Hi-tech robots are one more feat which adds another feather to the achievements of engineers, thereby spearheading a revolution in the world of manufacturing. Such robots are able to perform surgery and work in dangerous environment as in war zones, bomb diffusion and in extremities of climate.
In the era of globalisation, no other profession equals an engineer’s capacity to create and propagate change for the good of all. The fine highways and the high resourceful dams stand tall as stalwart supporters to justify the same.
Engineers are all about transforming dreams into reality, for we engineers are creative problem solvers. In 1950, travel to the distant stars was science fiction only. But engineers again created a revolution with the space programme of USSR, in the form of Sputnik. In 1955, computers were 3 tons with a cost of $200,000. But the invention of IC overcame this setback, making the I.T industry one of the giants in market sector.
If we remove any one of the achievements of engineers then our world would be very different and much less hospitable place.
The greatest liability of the engineer compared to men of other profession is that his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by step are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave like the doctor. He cannot argue them into thin air or blame the judge like the lawyers. He cannot, like the architects, cover his failure with trees and vines. He cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hoping that people would forget. The engineer simply cannot deny that he did it. If his works do not work, then he is damned. That is phantasmagoria that haunts his nights and dogs his days. But this liability is an asset too as because success comes hand in hand with great responsibilities.
On the other hand, unlike the doctor, an Engineer’s life is not a life among the weak. Unlike the soldier, destruction is not his purpose. Unlike the lawyer, quarrels are not his daily bread.
To the Engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science and technology with life, comfort and hope.