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The trend in academia ...

ABC Institute of Technology or, XYZ University of Science and Technology having a department called Electrical Engineering and doing science. What is science? “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” What is engineering? “The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.” If I am not wrong then academia has pretty much decided that engineering stops at undergrad. Students receiving college degrees in various branches of engineering are done with engineering education after their college education. Because engineering by definition is building stuffs and all the goofy stuffs being built by those kids or may be their drop out brothers are cool gadgets and widgets – which once in a while enter the market and maybe share a large space can be done without having a PhD. Or, another profession can be of a service engineer or technician. Now, accidentally those (Professors and Students) who still want to do engineering during their graduate life are termed as technologists who have no scientific depth. There is an extreme push that these people leave academia. Because they don’t know what they are doing – but from my own submission, I know I want to use existing and new knowledge to build stuffs (applications) to help as many people as possible. I might be confused or I might be out of my mind, but may I propose that the universities probably start calling themselves, “ABC Institute of Science (instead of Technology) or ABC Institute of Science (for all) and Technology (for undergrads) and XYZ University of Science (for all) and Technology (for undergrads)?” At least in this way we won’t confuse anyone and be true to ourselves and everyone?