In David R. Butcher's post on ThomasNet's Industrial Market Trends blog article "Redefining Engineering for the Year 2020", he cites not only the present malaise of the Engineering discipline, but discusses the resources and initiatives already looking at this problem, and evaluates a popular approach under consideration:
a Renaissance Man type of engineer. What attributes will that engineer of
2020 have? The NAE report says he or she “will aspire to have the
ingenuity of Lillian Gilbreth, the problem-solving capabilities of Gordon Moore, the scientific insight of Albert Einstein, the creativity of Pablo Picasso, the determination of the Wright brothers, the leadership abilities of Bill Gates, the conscience of Eleanor Roosevelt, the vision of Martin Luther King and the curiosity and wonder of our grandchildren.”
Perhaps we will be able to create an army of such super-engineers by 2020, perhaps not. I personally find the idea fascinating, but likely impossible to acheive.
I'm reminded of some of the "sage wisdom" I received from my elders as a child. (Some of these may ring familiar)
- "Keep Your Eye on the Ball"
- "Keep Your Shoulder to the Wheel"
- "Keep Your Ear to the Ground"