Engineering is one of the oldest professions, along with divinity, medicine, and law. Without engineering, the world around us would simply not exist. Now, more than ever, engineering graduates are needed to drive national economic growth and development. However, there is a sustained shortage of engineers since fewer students are enrolling in engineering degrees each year. As a result, we highlight the importance of engineers in society and the challenges in teaching engineering curricula to undergraduate students. Clearly, a paradigm shift in the way engineer- ing is taught at universities is necessary to ensure that bright minds, especially young females, are attracted to this profession. Otherwise, gender parity will only be achieved by 2050.
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