The Map of Engineering: A New Animation Shows How All of the Different Fields in Engineering Fit Together

In his lat­est ani­ma­tion, physi­cist and sci­ence writer Dominic Wal­li­man maps out the entire field of engi­neer­ing and all of its sub­dis­ci­plines. Civ­il engi­neer­ing, chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing, bio engi­neer­ing, bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing, mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, aero­space engi­neer­ing, marine engi­neer­ing, elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing, com­put­er engineering–they’re all cov­ered here.

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  • Billy Bob says:

    Want to make igno­rant con­ser­v­a­tive brains explode? Show them this — the map of every­thing they are clue­less about and take for grant­ed.

  • Joe Aguayo says:

    Amaz­ing syn­op­sis of how our mod­ern world was cre­at­ed and is main­tained. While I under­stand all engi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines could not be cov­ered, men­tion­ing the role of process engi­neer­ing in the pro­duc­tion of what we con­sume would be ben­e­fi­cial.

  • Adriana Narvaez Cote says:

    What a great video! A sim­ple man­ner to explain all con­nec­tions. Thank you!!

  • William Rollins says:

    Would love a col­or copy/print/illustration of your expla­na­tion of engi­neer­ing. Are they for sale?

  • Theuns Dirkse-van Schalkwyk says:

    Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing is more often used to describe what is oth­er­wise called Process Engi­neer­ing

  • Theuns Dirkse-van Schalkwyk says:

    Indus­tri­al engi­neer­ing opti­mis­es the appli­ca­tion of peo­ple, tech­nol­o­gy and mon­ey to prob­lems that span engi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines.

  • Alex Libby says:

    This ani­ma­tion is amaz­ing! It pro­vides a great visu­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how all the var­i­ous engi­neer­ing fields are inter­con­nect­ed. It is espe­cial­ly help­ful for stu­dents who are just start­ing to explore engi­neer­ing and want to learn more about the dif­fer­ent fields. It’s a great way to get a big-pic­ture view of engi­neer­ing and under­stand how the dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines relate to each oth­er. Great work!

  • Gary says:

    Con­ser­v­a­tive brain? I’d say more like a lib­er­al brain? IMO, those are gen­er­al­ly the peo­ple who are clue­less & don’t under­stand.

  • John says:

    Strange com­ment. I have not observed that con­ser­v­a­tives are clue­less about things like engi­neer­ing. And con­cern­ing the polit­i­cal lean­ings of engi­neers them­selves, since this is a video about engi­neer­ing, while the soft­ware engi­neer­ing fields seem to lean quite a bit to the Demo­c­rat side, hard engi­neer­ing fields like civ­il, chem­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, etc are pret­ty bal­anced between Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans.

  • Darryl says:

    Sec­ond this. Chem­i­cal pro­duc­tion, water treat­ment pro­cess­ing, food pro­cess­ing, etc. bachelor’s lev­el course work and con­cepts are typ­i­cal­ly mass trans­fer, flu­id and gas trans­fer and mechan­ics, heat trans­fer, ther­mo­dy­nam­ics, mass and ener­gy account­ing, reac­tor design/kinetics, and con­trols logic/theory. They do chem­istry but don’t real­ly design the chem­istry.

    From the cross dis­ci­pli­nary exam­ple, mate­ri­als engi­neer­ing deals with the prop­er­ties need­ed but they and chemists would devel­op the mate­ri­als then chem­i­cal engi­neers would fig­ure out how to take the lab scale to large scale or con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion.

  • Stuart M says:

    Nice illus­tra­tion, how­ev­er, you neglex

  • richmac777 says:

    It’s your assump­tion that con­ser­v­a­tives are clue­less about this what do you think funds all these projects? Con­ser­v­a­tive think­ing. The free mar­ket is free to dis­cov­er the mys­ter­ies.

  • Adamu Musa says:

    I want to join the reseach com­mu­ni­ty althouh i have some paper that i want to present.The con­tent of the paper was on ener­gy con­trol and devel­op­ment system.Africa has one of the great ener­gy atmos­pher­ic envi­ro­ment thats th world glob­al ener­gy reseach must come and invest in the soci­ety.

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