A post shared by Chris Wilson (@chris_wilson) on Mar 8, 2019 at 1:27am PDT Chris Wilson, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Texas, Austin, recently published an article on Medium detailing the technical skills he hopes to hone in his career.
His aim is to be able to make mechanical engineering and electronics engineering more appealing to a broader range of engineers, which will help to propel the field of engineering to new heights.
Wilson’s piece focuses on the importance of making engineers “comfortable” with technology.
“Engineers should be able feel confident enough to make engineering decisions that could have a negative impact on the broader society,” he writes.
“If we are able to teach engineers to be comfortable with technology, then we are also able to build a better understanding of how technology will affect our daily lives.
It will be a more robust, robust society, a society where we can thrive in this technology age.”
While Wilson doesn’t name specific industries he is hoping to affect, he notes that “the most exciting companies to me are those that create products and services that can be useful for humans.”
In particular, he cites Google’s search engine, Gmail, which he says will enable people to “search in a way that makes sense to them.”
As Wilson notes, it is important to make engineers feel comfortable with technological changes.
“I don’t want them to think ‘oh, my world is so different now that we need to have a different way of doing things.’
Instead, I want them thinking, ‘Wow, I’m going to need to adapt to the technology I’m living in,'” he writes, adding that he hopes this can help the field reach a “new, more inclusive level of inclusion.”
The technology Wilson is describing may sound like a niche subject, but it’s not.
As Wilson points out, “It’s also not a niche for a specific class of people, or a particular age group, or geography, or racial, gender, sexual, or disability group.”
And he notes the same applies to the general population as well.
As technology advances, we can expect more companies to offer a variety of ways for engineers to get the most out of their careers.
With this, the future of engineering will look very different from the past.
“As technology becomes more pervasive, it will become harder for engineers who aren’t engineers to understand what they’re doing,” Wilson writes.
“When we look at engineering as a whole, we will be able understand more about what engineering is, and how it can be improved, and what it can do for us,” he adds.
“In this future, engineering will be about building tools that are useful for everyone.”
This article originally appeared on Computerworld.