What If Engineering Disappeared For a Day?

Have you ever stopped to think how engineering achievements impact your everyday life? From your morning cup of coffee to your favorite evening sitcom, engineering is a part of practically everything you do.

6:00 a.m. Waking Up
Forget about waking up to your favorite tunes, weather report, or morning radio show -- your clock radio is the product of an electronics engineer. And don't count on electricity to light up your rooms; electrical engineers bring power to your house and design the equipment that produces it.

7:00 a.m. Getting Ready
Unfortunately, you can't start your day with a shower and a clean glass of water. Without engineers, there would be no systems to purify your tap water and pump the water to keep your bathtub full. Brushing your teeth would also be out -- chemical engineers created the plastic for the handle on your colorful toothbrush and put the prick in those many bristles.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
Don't even think about cereal with milk for breakfast. Mechanical and electronics engineers developed refrigerators to keep your milk fresh, while agricultural engineers figured out how to process the grains.

8:30 a.m. Driving to Work
Without the civil engineer around to build safe, smooth, durable roads, your drive to work will be a hazardous trip. Going one-step further, without mechanical and automotive engineers to design your car, your morning commute means walking to work.

9:00 a.m. Beginning the Workday
You finally arrive at the office -- hungry, tired, thirsty, and dirty -- only to find that without computer engineers, you have no computer. In fact, to be completely accurate, you really have no place to work -- your tall office building remains standing thanks to the design of a structural engineer.

12:00 noon Lunch
Considering lunch? Unless you have a vegetable garden nearby, you're out of luck. Restaurants would be left without stoves and ovens, and prepackaged foods would be without packages.

2:00 p.m. The Work Environment What work environment? Without engineers, there would be no heat, air conditioning, photocopier machines, conference calls, printers, e-mail, or World Wide Web.

5:00 p.m. Quitting Time
The workday is over, and you need to stop and do a few errands. Of course, you can't pick up your dry cleaning, since engineers developed dry cleaning machines. As a matter of fact, since engineers play a big role in textile manufacturing, you have no clothes.

7:00 p.m. Dinner It's time to fuel the body after a hard day's work. Since engineers have created a host of products and appliances that help you prepare food more quickly and easily, you'll probably go to bed hungry.

8:00 p.m. Crashing at Home Sore, cold, hungry and aching for the soft cushions of your bed, you notice that you have no mattress. You guessed it, without engineers to design the machines that produce the mattress, your new bed will be the floor. Unfortunately, the evening TV shows you'd planned to enjoy are also out the window -- engineers designed your TV too.

It's amazing how many engineering achievements contribute to improving our quality of life.

The Tip of the Iceberg of What You Lost

  • Safe drinking water
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Electric shavers
  • Clock radios
  • Water heaters
  • Food processors
  • Microwave ovens
  • Highways and roads
  • Automobiles
  • Seat belts
  • Air bags
  • Rapid transit systems
  • Conference call systems
  • Telephones
  • Electronic organizers
  • Pagers
  • Voicemail
  • E-mail
  • High-rise office buildings
  • Heating and air-conditioning
  • Insulated windows
  • Elevators
  • Telephones
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers
  • Dry cleaning
  • Price scanners
  • CDs and CD players
  • Televisions
  • VCRs
  • Video games
  • Sports equipment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Heart pacemakers
  • Airplanes
  • And much more!