The Future of Mechanical Engineering: A Vision and a Mission
Mechanical Engineering has been around for centuries and will be, for a long time to come, unless there is a miracle in science that allows humans to deny all laws of mechanics and still allow them to build stuff that can be used. As of now, the situation is unfathomable.
From basic objects like wheels to the ever useful screws and inclined planes, from cars to aeroplanes, from paperclips to ships, from bridges to skyscrapers, they all work under the foundations and principles laid out by the laws of mechanics.
We have seen how machines have made our lives easier. Thanks to mechanical engineering, they have increased the efficiency of the machines that we use and also made it easier to make them. We have seen the wonders of mechanical engineering, but what is the future of mechanical engineering?
The future of mechanical engineering is spread across various emerging streams that hold many promises to make the future a better place to live in.
Some of the promising streams that are the quintessential applications of the future of mechanical engineering are:
1) Nano-technology – nano-engineering to be more specific
2) Biomechanics - A promising stream of the future
3) Automobiles and aviation
4) Buildings of the future and urban designing
... and the list continues, but these are the major areas where the future of mechanical engineering will logically be applied. Now let’s take a tour of what they are and see how they are the future.