Imagine that you are a researcher (some of you reading this probably are) and you are tasked with finding the next best biopharmaceutical development. There are millions of dollars resting on your research, not to mention humans who will ultimately benefit from your product. Your company is about to embark on an arduous, long and multi-year course to develop a new medicine, and it all starts with your research within the “discovery process.”
The Internet, radio and television, advances in space and aeronautics ― the engineering achievements of the last century signal how fast this discipline moves (think about just the accomplishments since the 1960s). A recent report published by the National Academy of Engineering, “14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century,” shows that modern-day engineering covers all aspects of life ― from global health to environmental concerns to cyberspace.
Every piece of engineering starts with research; whether it’s the lighting in our homes, the cameras in our phones or the real-life incarnation of a science-fiction robot. This article, from the team at IET, considers how the creative engineering behind the new Star Wars BB-8 toy can help to inspire the next generation of innovative engineers.