College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Cyclone Life blogger dishes on what engineers do

Melissa, a blogger for Cyclone Life and engineering student, talks about the many exciting career opportunities available to engineers. 

You’ve heard about engineering. You have a vague idea of what engineers do. Something with math and science, maybe a few Greek letters and lots of impossible looking formulas. They don’t seem to have a life, and seem to spend a lot of time cursing thermodynamics and weird programming errors that pop up the night before their assignment is due. You have also heard through the grapevine that most engineers do not in fact drive trains.


Anything. That’s the short answer. Engineers are everywhere, in places you might not have expected. If someone is making something, be it a product, program, or service, there is definitely an engineer involved. Don’t believe me? Take a look around you. Everything from the chair you sit in, to the floor you stand on, to the computer or phone you are reading this on engineers touched at some point in time. Be it design, making things better, making things work, or making things arrive at the right time, engineers are solving problems that make life as we know it possible.

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