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Infographic: Tracing the Impact of EE

If you look around your daily life, from what's beside our roads to what's in our offices to what's running our supply chains, electrical engineers have been the ones pushing innovation to the newest frontiers.

When the telegraph was invented, few people could have imagined how developments would continue to evolve over the decades, coming thick and furious as we came into the newest era. The medical arena, for example, is benefiting from the evolution of 3D printing and robotics. Meanwhile, we all know that today's smartphones and tablets will be replaced with newer and cooler innovations in the coming years.

Take a gander at the infographic below, created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Then put on your rose-colored glasses and let us know what innovations are on the horizon from this (and even the next) generation of electrical engineers.

11 comments on “Infographic: Tracing the Impact of EE

  1. _hm
    June 7, 2014

    Yes, I am an EE. But is unfair to take all or so much credits.

    I consider it to be team effort with so many relevant other engineering and non-engineering discplines involved.

    I just make it simple and call it impact of science.

  2. Eldredge
    June 8, 2014

    @_hm – I was thinking the same thing. Certainly, all of the innovations and technologies identified in the infographic involved contributions from the EE discipline, but most also involve the integration of multiple disciplines.

  3. Daniel
    June 9, 2014

    “I was thinking the same thing. Certainly, all of the innovations and technologies identified in the infographic involved contributions from the EE discipline, but most also involve the integration of multiple disciplines.”

    Eldredge, computer engineering and electronic engineering are evolved from electrical engineering. Now also in most of the universities, these two branches are under EE departments. So EE can take the credit as mother of these two branches.

  4. _hm
    June 9, 2014

    @Jacob: It not only EE and CS. It can have following more:

     

    – Physics

    – Chemistry

    – Chemical

    – Optics

    – Material Science

    – Mechanical

     

    and many more.

     

  5. Eldredge
    June 9, 2014

    @Jacob – No doubt, the EE discipline and it's offspring play a major role. I have a degree in EE, so I don't intend to downplay it's importance, and highlighting the contribution of the EE discipline in all of the identified technologies is the point of the infographic. I just meant that, as I looked down through the graphics, I also recongnized the integration of EE with for other disciplines – mechanical, materials, chemical, robotics, and the list goes on.

  6. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    June 9, 2014

    _HM, i don't think it's a matter of taking all the credit…i think it's a good reminder of how important EE's are to many of the really great technoogies that have come along.

  7. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    June 9, 2014

    @Eldredge, it's a good point…and i'm sure we could also point to a lot of technologies that should be represented on this graphic as well. It takes a village and all that.

  8. Eldredge
    June 9, 2014

    @Hailey – The whole point of the infographic is to celebrate the contributions of the EE discipline, and rightfully so. I think the whole village can celebrate that!

  9. _hm
    June 10, 2014

    @Haiely: I am an EE. But it is vrey important to first acknowledge others too, explicitly. If not, I may not like to include myself.

  10. Daniel
    June 11, 2014

    HM, physics, chemistry etc are not engineering subjects. They are pure science subjects.

  11. Daniel
    June 11, 2014

    “I just meant that, as I looked down through the graphics, I also recongnized the integration of EE with for other disciplines – mechanical, materials, chemical, robotics, and the list goes on”

    Eldredge, I understood that you have a degree in EEE and you can be proud of it.

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