Although it may seem hard to believe, one of the most common questions about engineering design (at least according to the internet) is “Why is engineering design important?” There are at least two reasons why engineering design is a driving force of the world as we know it.
It Offers an Effective Framework for Problem-Solving
One of the reasons why this type of design is important is because it offers a problem-solving framework that distills centuries of thought and trial-and-error learning into a systematic method that can be applied by anyone, engineer or not.
It’s no coincidence that this method, called the engineering design process, has been adopted by all types of institutions, from museums to NASA itself, to introduce children to problem-solving and critical thinking.
This process is the very foundation of engineering design, but it’s also a valuable mental tool anyone can use to solve problems more effectively.
It Makes Modern Life Possible
Engineering design is very important because it makes modern life possible. While this is indeed a big claim, it’s no exaggeration.
Look around you. Whether you live in the city or out in the country, engineering design achievements are everywhere.
From your smartphone or computer to the tractors used to plow the fields and the roads that help move people and goods all over the world, engineering design plays a role in all the products and machines we use every day.
Engineering design uses scientific knowledge to solve technical problems. As scientific knowledge evolves, so do too our ability to come up with more effective solutions.
By spearheading this process, this discipline makes our lives not only more productive and efficient, but also more enjoyable.