Prospective Students :
What is Engineering?
"Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man."
- Ralph J. Smith ,Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
The quote above sums it all. Engineering is about the innovative and creative application of mathematical and scientific principles to the creation of products, technology and services for the good of mankind.
Engineering touches almost every aspect of our lives and is at the heart of contemporary life. The dramatic changes of the last century, and even the last decade, are the direct result of engineering.
Engineers are not only at the forefront of making new scientific and technological discoveries, but also actively involved in turning that knowledge into something practical and valued. Everything that is made results from the expertise of engineers; from expressways to the information superhighway, from video phones to digital television, from automobiles to spacecraft and the list goes on and on.
Engineers make a significant contribution to creating wealth in a country. Many successful economies have a high number of engineers. Engineering offers more career options than any other discipline. Engineers are able to pursue a wide spectrum of careers in both the private sector and in government, and in fields as diverse as financial services, logistics, and the biomedical sciences.
Engineers may be designers, planners, managers, analysts, researchers, consultants, sales specialists, and much more. Engineering is a distinguished profession and engineers have helped to transform our world with many technological innovations.
According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore, the engineering-related sector still provided the largest number of job vacancies in Singapore over the past two years. In 2006, a third of the 3,639 top ten professional job vacancies were in engineering. Also, 45 per cent of the current Cabinet ministers have engineering backgrounds.
The NUS Faculty of Engineering with its outstanding and internationally recognized engineering programmes looks forward to develop and nurture versatile engineers for the exciting world of the twenty first century.