A commentary on engineering for the non-engineer every Wednesday

Eann Patterson Writer, engineer and professor (not necessarily in that order)

Eann Patterson
Writer, engineer and professor (not necessarily in that order)

Why ‘Realize Engineering’?  Well, if you look up ‘realize’ in the dictionary then one of the meanings, some way down the list, is ‘to be fully aware‘ and one of my aims in establishing this site is to make people more aware, and perhaps encourage them to become  fully aware, of some aspects of engineering.

There is much less talk about the public understanding of engineering than of science.  My intention is to make a small contribution towards correcting this imbalance.   In simple terms, engineering could be described as the application of science.  We have ‘popular science’ so why not ‘popular engineering’?  I have been working on how to engage undergraduates in principles of engineering, so this blog is natural extension, which I was stimulated to start by a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

My research is in the field of experimental mechanics which is described in a series of early posts on this blog called ‘Experimental Mechanics‘ [on 11/07/2012], ‘Art & Expermental Mechanics‘ [on 17/07/2012] and ‘Why Mechanics?’ [on 19/07/2012] .  More details can be found at www.ExperimentalStress.com

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Allan

    Well I am finally here to view your other blogs Eann from the MOOC Thermal dynamics free course.
    I have some very interesting ideas from the Enterprise shed NewcastleUK course,
    Higgs Boson course Edinburgh Uni UK,
    Basic Robotics Reading Uni UK,
    and your Thermal-dynamics Liverpool Uni UK.


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