"Against the Grain"

Throughout history, human progress has always been driven by unconventional thinkers that had the courage to go against the grain. In the world of olympic high jumping, Dick Fosbury forever changed the game with his ‘Fosbury Flop’; in South Africa, Nelson Mandela dismantled apartheid with compassion and generosity rather than violence; and in WWII, Alan Turing pioneered the field of modern computing with the development of a code breaking machine. There are countless examples throughout history that reveal to us that defying traditional conventions is a necessary step in achieving significant social, economic, and technological progress. As engineers, how can we challenge the status quo in order to achieve significant and meaningful human progress?