I an often asked “What exactly is an Ingenesist?” Our original goal in coining the term “Ingenesist” was to describe a Global Engineering Professional under the terms of the 1996 NAFTA mutual recognition document for engineers. The term “Engineer” is regulated by most US State licensure boards to mean a person registered and licensed to practice engineering in the United States.  In the eyes of the law, for everyone else, there is nothing.

Still, the definition of “Engineer” remained elusive. Is it someone who is licensed to practice in some jurisdiction? Or, is it someone who has completed four or five years at a university?  Do they operate complex machinery such as locomotives, sound boards, or building systems?   

Internationally there are major differences between Russian, Japanese or German engineering education and the United States, yet no one can say that their engineers are not competent. Likewise, there are millions of engineers in the US working at corporations who are responsible for some of mankind’s greatest achievements – who are neither registered nor licensed.  

For a profession that is responsible for nearly 80% of economic growth, it would seem imperative that a precise, measurable, and actionable definition would be necessary. Likewise, in the absence of a rigorous definition, we cannot manage it.  These are serious omissions.  

Since no suitable synonym for exists for Engineer, we invented the word “Ingenesist” as follows: 

The latin word for engineer is “Ingeniator” – which is derived from two other latin words “ingenaire” (to conceive or derive) and “ingenium” (cleverness).  The suffix “-ist” infers someone or something characterized by a specified quality. Taken together, an Ingenesist can be simply defined as a “creator of useful things”.    

This simple definition is superior in describing the fact of engineering and resulting problem solving properties. It is actionable from an economic, political or legal point of view – there are rigorous definitions for what is useful and what is not.  It does not contradict existing conventions or institutions. It is inclusive of licensed, unlicensed, international and even those who create by intuition rather than formal education in the natural laws.  This definition includes artists, craftsmen, technologists, and more. 

Perhaps most important, the Ingenesist is inclusive rather than exclusive.  It is accessible to everyone by a simple choice to be productive in a useful manner.  It is easy to distinguish between something that is useful and something that is not useful. The word Ingenesist accounts for the intrinsic nature of a creative species.  

So let’s start our journey there….