Engineering is the application of mathematics, empirical evidence and scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, innovate, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, tools, systems, components, materials, and processes.
Engineering can be simply defined as applying science to practical applications. Science allows us to gain un understanding of reality, of human nature and of the Universe. Engineering allows this understanding to come to life through problem solving, designing & building things. The electronic device you are using to read this article was engineered from raw plastic, metal, silicon & lines of software code before being transformed into a usable device. Pretty cool hey!
Engineers can be distinguished from other professions by their ability to solve complex problem and implement solutions in cost effective and practical ways. This ability to face a problem, work through various thoughts and abstract ideas and then translating them into reality is what is so exciting about engineering.