ArticlesStatus and Future of Applied Sciences

Engineering Enters New Cycle of Development and Definition

Science  04 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4452, pp. 127-132
DOI: 10.1126/science.209.4452.127


The profession of engineering is evidencing important changes under the impact of the microprocessor and the energy crisis. Societal considerations are altering the normative criteria of engineering while computerized manufacturing systems require entirely new engineering approaches. The trend is toward greater autonomy of engineering from the traditional basic sciences. Significant changes in engineering education will be necessary. The new technological environment requires closer links among academia, industry, and the professional societies—engineering's essential triad.