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On Engineers Day i.e., September 15th, let us tackle some popular myths about engineers

Engineering has been a major contributor to pushing boundaries and innovating for a better world. Engineers have been the go-getters, explorers, and inventors. When man invented the wheel, an engineer was born – so goes the story.

This year’s theme, ‘Engineering innovation for a more resilient world,’ resonates deeply with the essence of being an engineer. On Engineers Day i.e., September 15th, let us tackle some popular myths about engineers…. …

Are Engineers more inclined towards promoting Innovation?

The answer is yes; many of the engineers whom we spoke to have been the driving force behind implementing a culture of innovation and new product development. Engineers are generally curious and are more inclined for experimentation.

Hitesh Mehta, General Manager, Advanced Materials, Honeywell India, speaks:

“As an engineer, the ability to solve problems is a fundamental and indispensable skill that permeates our daily existence. Throughout my journey, I’ve undergone a personal transformation in my approach to recognizing and resolving the issues that cross my path. I’ve developed a hunger to learn more and harnessed my technical expertise and skills to grapple with intricate challenges. Cultivating robust problem-solving abilities is paramount, as they serve as a catalyst for innovation, enabling us to make a meaningful impact. Innovation can happen in multiple ways. It’s a mindset that empowers us to see the intricacies and obstacles as opportunities & navigate them with confidence and creativity. By pushing the boundaries of convention and thinking creatively, we can cultivate a mindset entirely dedicated to achieving breakthroughs and success.”

Are engineers more financially astute as they are inclined to be disciplined?

The consensus is out on this, and it’s a no; we find being disciplined does not translate to being financially astute, but it does help to be more aware.

We Quote:

“Personally, I place great importance on financial acumen both at work & in my personal life, as it empowers me to make well-informed decisions. Planning for the long term is important to safeguard both myself and my family against unforeseen challenges and establish a robust financial foundation. Effective communication is paramount to building and nurturing relationships. This belief has proven invaluable in fostering harmonious connections with my team and those around me, benefiting both my professional and personal life.”

Do engineers have nascent social skills?

The overall verdict is a whopping yes, and we would like to hear otherwise. Do write in with your stories.

Prakash Balasubramanian, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Engineering Practices and Delivery, Ascendion, summarises:

“Engineers are not just problem solvers; we are creators, inventors, and dreamers.

My journey as an engineer has equipped me with a unique perspective. Engineering education fosters a mindset of relentless curiosity and the ability to think critically. It encourages us to challenge the status quo and to explore uncharted territories. This mindset has been instrumental in preparing me for a leadership role, where the ability to envision the future and drive innovation is paramount.

Engineers are natural innovators. We thrive on understanding the intricacies of products and systems, which enables us to see opportunities for improvement and disruption. In my initial days, I was methodical in my approach to problem solving. Over the years, I worked on initiatives that impacted customer experience; I picked up creative thinking and began experimenting more. This offered newer perspectives and enabled me to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to solving customer challenges. As engineers, we not only adapt to change, but we drive it. We play a pivotal role in shaping a resilient world through sustainable technologies, efficient systems, and creative problem-solving. In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, our skills are in high demand, and our capacity to innovate is more crucial than ever.

Let’s continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible and engineer a world that’s not just resilient but also thriving.”

We wish all the engineers around the world on this occasion and raise a toast to more inventions.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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