The point of engineering education must be to create whole people who, through their wholeness, can focus the accumulated wisdom of human experience into patches of splendor and excellence. The nation needs engineering polymaths and pioneers who know that imagination thrives when passion joins with reason, when illusions link to reality, when intuition couples with intellect, when the heart units with the mind, when knowledge gained in one discipline opens the door to all the rest.
Robert Frost in his poem Two Tramps in Mud Time points out the greatest joy and greatest resource of the individual and of humankind, is the fusing of emotion, intellect, and purpose into one universal imagination:
But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight
Only when love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and future's sakes.