I grew up with stories about the end of the world heavy on my mind, and that fear still has some hold on me. The 2000’s were the era of the post-apocalyptic dystopia for children’s literature, and I loved the genre. I like to make things, understand how they work, and thinking about the tools and other objects in these stories of survival in the wake of societal destruction have always fascinated me. As a child I learned to sew, knit, weave, and spin yarn among other artistic pursuits. I also started to worry about the world around me. About what would happen if we couldn’t go to the grocery store, if there were no more stores.
An engineer is defined as “a person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures.1” This paper will explore a new definition of engineer—engineer as anthropologist and critical thinker.