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Asked by joshua1235 to Brad, Chris, Goli, Herbert, Kate on 21 May 2012.
Keywords: apple, career, macbook
I guess it depends on what you mean by “design”. If you mean the software and hardware that goes into it and how to put it all together, then yes. That involves a lot of math and physics. If you mean design it in terms of packaging and marketing, not quite.
It was a great time, thanks! Engineering is a form of science, it is applied science, so of course they would be!
There is a lot of work designing and making a consumer product, but that designer probably would be more of an engineer than a scientist. Being a scientist is about acquiring knowledge while engineers design things. It doesn’t mean you can’t be a scientist AND an engineer. You could be a scientist studying how heavy the average person can hold an object for an hour or more without getting tired, then design that weight limit into your design (or in industry speak: spec it in, which stands for put it in the specifications).
I personally do both science and engineering and sometimes the line is blurred. I study how adhesives behave if I add compound A with compound B (gaining knowledge), but I also spec in my adhesive performance that is needed (how long will it stay on skin etc).
The people who design and improve technology are pushing the envelope of human ingenuity and knowledge, so that makes them scientists in my eyes. Herbert is right that the line between engineering and science can be difficult to see, but in that case I’d say yes. (A lot of molecular biologists refer to themselves as “genetic engineers”).
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