From the wheel to the international space station, from the gong to the iPod, or even the lightning bolt, engineering has constantly changed the history of our world. Each day we see knowledge and innovation grow in leaps and bounds.
To advance and remain on the forefront, Quebec needed creativity from everyone… especially from young people… boys and girls (there are over 7,500 women engineers in Quebec today) from a variety of cultures, with many different mother tongues.
Engineering is an exciting field offering limitless possibilities for the future. In engineering, routine is uncommon, and you are the one who decides to push the limits.
So excel! Make a difference in the life of people… and yours.
ENGINEERING: A REGULAR PART OF OUR LIVES
Without you realizing it, engineering marks every moment of your life. In your spare time, engineering gives you plenty for your eyes and ears to enjoy. When you move, engineering reduces distances and time. When you travel, it helps you fly. When you dress, it gives you style and protects you. When you eat, it provides taste and brings the four corners of the earth to your plate.
With the anticipated decline in oil stocks and its serious environmental consequences, innovations in the car industry focus primarily on finding alternative cleaner energy sources without affecting vehicle performance!
The coming years will be full of technological developments in the automobile sector. We want cars that are greener, safer, quicker, more energy efficient, more personalized and entertaining… the old dream of the flying car that is 100% environmentally friendly may not be so far off!
The iPod did not exist when you were born. It started to become a fixture in our palms in October 2001. Since this time, there have already been five generations of iPod… each time smaller, lighter, and offering enhanced performance and multimedia capacity.
Who knows? Maybe one day you will create an intelligent lighter-than-air iPod that will activate on any surface, which will let us hear the music in our head, and offer content suited to each given situation!
Ever lighter, more flexible, more comfortable and warmer, today’s clothing incorporates technological innovations to improve the quality of life for people. In the clothing and textiles sector, research even involves designing and marketing intelligent clothing that adapts to the weather, to our activities, to our tastes and even to our moods!
Bridges strongly symbolize human engineering… San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the Pont d’Avignon in France or London Bridge in England, the Millau Viaduct, or closer to home, Confederation Bridge between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick just to name a few,… They become objects of pride for many communities.
Every day, millions of people rely on the science of engineers to overcome natural obstacles and save time. It is not utopic to think that, one day, bridges will be so solid and light that they will connect continents.
To fight food crises, improve nutritional content in food and battle against the extinction of plant and animal species, food engineers made some amazing achievements.
Research has helped us discover growing methods, effective industrial processes and healthy, tasty products, which have led to the creation of new companies, and even saved entire regions from bankruptcy.
THE HISTORY OF ENGINEERING, LARGELY IN ITS INFANCY…
The art of using science for the well-being of humanity.
Engineering invented… engineers! To build the pyramids in Egypt, invent the wheel or tame fire, engineering had to be used, even though the profession of engineer did not exist.
The profession of engineer, first appearing in the Middle Ages, and derived from the Old French word “engeigneur”, which meant “a person who invents and makes machines”. At that time, this person was almost assigned to military functions. Since then, engineering has applied sciences to a multitude of fields.
Engineering has revolutionized our ways of communicating, of travelling, and of housing ourselves, not to mention our industries, and many more areas.