In everyday life we encounter a remarkable range of engineering materials: metals, plastics and ceramics are some of the generic terms that we use to describe them. The size of the artefact may be extremely small, as in the silicon microchip, or large, as in the welded steel plate construction of a suspension bridge. We acknowledge that these diverse materials are quite literally the stuff of our civilization and have a determining effect upon its character, just as cast iron did during the Industrial Revolution. The ways in which we use, or misuse, materials will obviously also influence its future. We should recognize that the pressing and interrelated global problems of energy utilization and environmental control each has a substantial and inescapable ‘materials dimension’.
- Teacher: Dr. Ahmed Ramadan