Like all professions, engineering has evolved. We have acquired new knowledge, we have better tools at our disposal, and this has enabled more creative and sophisticated solutions to increasingly challenging and complex problems. We’ve been evolving in this way since the first stone tools were crafted two million years ago.
The rate of knowledge creation (and its digital incarnation, information creation) is increasing exponentially. But the stakes of this evolution also are higher. As we push through technological boundaries, we create materials, mechanisms, systems and policies that challenge our environment – not just our air and water, but our societies, our economies, and our ability to sustain ourselves. We have entered a period in our history where we are permanently depleting natural resources and negatively impacting the ability of our planet to sustain us.