The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK)
Calloway, Nicole A.
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The water we drink, the roads on which we travel, the machines we use, our electric light and power, the planes in which we fly, the cars we drive, ships, harbors, irrigation schemes, sewage disposal, radio, television, communications, bridges, railways, mines, manufacturing, hospitals, schools, airports, offices, factories, homes, ... The list is virtually endless of the things for which engineers are responsible. This rich diversity in the engineering field makes it a vital and essential component to the welfare, prosperity, and protection of mankind. Through the research, teaching, designing, and training which engineers perform, they can undoubtedly claim to contribute constructively and positively to the advancement and benefit of the human race. However, because of the growing number of the world"s inhabitants, the increased concern for the environment, the ever present need to save money, and the growing demands that a technologically advancing world is presenting, the role of the engineer has significantly evolved. Instead of mere housing, the engineer must now design affordable, space-saving, and adequate housing. Instead of ordinary food production techniques, the engineer is presently obliged to develop efficient, fast, food yielding methods. As opposed to basic transportation, the engineer is now required to come up with safe, capable, reliable, quick, long-lasting, and durable transportation systems. In addition, simple communication schemes are no longer enough. The engineer is today compelled to create the ability to transfer information as quickly, dependably, and adequately as possible. Rapid industrialization has necessitated the demand for engineers to develop proficient manufacturing schemes using the least amount of time and money to create maximum output. Expeditious technological growth has forced engineers to devise power arrangements that are capable, reliable, and without interruption. Finally, with the increased concern for the environment, engineers are being challenged to devise ecologically sound proposals.