Engineering special feature — Editorial

Engineering special feature — Editorial

Engineering special feature — Editorial

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Dr Edward Duca

Smart phones, supersonic planes, Formula 1 cars, green cities, the Internet; engineers built them all. Engineers are everywhere. The world needs them and so do you.

The University of Malta is celebrating 50 years of teaching the engineering degree (to mould tomorrow’s engineers). THINK magazine collaborated with Ing. Emmanuel Francalanza to peek into the future. The cutting edge of research is always trying to solve new problems, manufacture better artificial limbs, cheaper electric cars, an endless power source, or even an exoskeleton. We took Malta’s latest findings and went a step further: five, 10, 30 years into the future. Where will this research end up? 

The first of three articles, The Bionic Human (pg. 18) sees how this research can improve human abilities. In the years to come we will be able to integrate ourselves with a robotic arm capable of gently holding a baby or of crushing metal. We might even be able to control that arm just by thinking about it, then glance at a curtain and smile as it opens. Tomorrow’s new and improved human would even have man’s new best friend: a robotic assistant. 

A Greener Malta (pg. 25) sees how research can help us clean up our act. During Malta’s post war rebuilding and subsequent economic boom, the environment was neglected. The latest technology and more research can help turn back the hands of time. With the right support Malta could be one of the cleanest islands in the Mediterranean that we’d all enjoy a lot more. 

Following up on reducing pollution, car traffic is a big reason for Malta’s air pollution problems. In Transport 2025 (pg. 34), Francalanza takes the latest research in car, ship, and plane improvement, and sees how it could change the country. Our cars could be cleaner, ships lighter and stronger, planes made safer by reimagining them from the inside out. The future looks bright.

 

 

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