Engineering is the backbone of our society. Think about it: everything — from the computer or smartphone you’re reading this on, to the chair you’re sitting on — came into being with the help of it.

Engineers work in every industry, from aerospace, to medicine, to architecture. It’s a diverse field that is constantly expanding. If you’d like to dip your toes in, you’ve come to the right place.

We asked four experts:

To provide some ‘entry-level’ engineering resources for non-engineers. Here are their top recommendations.

We believe learning is a lifelong journey. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, learn a new skill, or study a new discipline.

We hope the following recommdations spark a love of engineering within you!

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page to learn more about our outstanding panel of experts and why they got into engineering.


Karis Boyd-Sinkler is a Doctoral Candidate in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, with an expected graduation of May 2021.

In March 2021, Karis assumed the role of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

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Dr. Nweke currently serves as a Staff Engineer, ENGEO Incorporated.

Starting in August 2021, he will take on the role of Assistant Professor, University of Southern California [USC] Viterbi School of Engineering, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Director and Founder of Engineering, Arts & Sports Engagement (EASE).

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  • Coding for non-coders: Start small by using an online website like to do graphical programming with Scratch as a soft introduction. Once that is mastered work your way up to the easier languages like Python or MATLAB before jumping in with both feet to JAVA or C.
  • Engineering for non-engineers: A great way to get engineering started for non-engineers is to try a kit like the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, or Adafruit, or Elegoo kits for tinkering and making projects to get familiar with what we do.

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Dr. Carlotta Berry is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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