Transmitting data on micro-chips using light pulses
Building "scaffolds" at the cellular level to enable tissue growth
Developing new materials, one atom at a time
This is engineering.
Science and art...
Mathematics and creativity...
Models and approximations.. .
This is also engineering
The field of engineering has become so diverse in recent
years that a definition is not easy to come by. Yes, engineers still build
skyscrapers, design machinery, and oversee public works. But that's only the
beginning. They also address society's needs and problems on a number of other scales with a unique blend
of technology and science. At the atomic level,
materials engineers are developing data storage techniques focusing on the spin of
electrons in atoms. At the molecular level, chemical and bioengineers are working
on drug delivery systems that work inside cells. At the macro level,
environmental engineers are quantifying the particle flow of pollutants through soil
to better understand how to clean up abandoned industrial sites, oil spills, and other biohazards. And at the galactic level, astronautical engineers are designing spacecraft for other-world exploration.
This website offers an introduction to basic engineering concepts, an electronic laboratory
of virtual experiments, and a series of hands-on projects.
Come and explore!