Ashok Agrawal, American Society for Engineering Education asked Aaron Clark, North Carolina State University

PostedFriday, February 12, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Dr. Clark, - Difference between engineering and technology
Dr. Clark,  In your interactions and outreach to high school students and maybe even college level students how do you explain the difference between what is engineering and what is technology?  And, how do you decide to advice them which field of education they should pursue?
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  • Aaron Clark , North Carolina State University
    Posted Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:04 PM
    I get this question quite often as to the difference between an engineering field and technology.  Most students, especially those in high school, really have never thought about what distinguishes an engineer from a technologist.  My best response is that a technologist works mainly in the applied world, an engineer deals directly with problem-solving and theory.  The technologist will solve problems using a standard practice from given information.  An engineer, may need to develop their own mathematical theory to better understand and problem-solve any situation.  I find that many students who enjoy working in a hands-on environment gravitate towards careers in technology.  In most industries, the technologist would answer to the engineer and work as a team to not only theoretically problem solve the situation, but take action in the use of technology.  
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