Science is necessarily segmented. To become an expert in one field, it is necessary to ignore the disciplines of other scientific areas. For example, when the National Institute of Science sent a team of chemists to Antarctica to study the chemistry of the atmosphere in an attempt to explain the deficiency of ozone there, they wasted a year and a great deal of money looking in the wrong place. Any electrical engineer could have told them that the effect is electro-magnetic, not chemical. It would never occur to a chemist that it might be significant that the de-ionizing effect they are observing is occurring over the south magnetic pole of the earth.
Engineering, on the other hand, is necessarily multi-disciplined. Engineers are not interested in advancing the frontiers of human knowledge. They are interested only in creating things to make people's lives easier, and they will use anything they can find to accomplish that objective. They use mathematics and chemistry and mechanics not as intellectual adornments but as tools. Whereas science is introverted, primarily interested in the accumulation of knowledge, engineering is extroverted, interested in only the use of knowledge to accomplish its current project.
Engineers are often years - sometimes centuries - ahead of science. In many ways, it is the job of science is to explain what the engineers did. A good example is the keel. Two thousand years ago, some enterprising Scandinavian attached a keel to the bottom of a boat to capitalize on the observation that the wind blowing across a billowed out sail pulls the sail sideways. The keel prevents the boat from moving sideways in the direction the billowed out sail is pulling it. Furthermore, if one sets his bow slightly off a head wind and sets his sail to just billow out, the keel will translate some of the lateral pull of the sail into longitudinal force on the boat, allowing one to sail almost directly into the wind.
It wasn't until 250 years ago that Daniel Bernoulli, a Swiss-German mathematician, explained what sailors had been doing for 2,000 years. Bernoulli demonstrated mathematically that the faster a fluid flows, the lower its pressure. Hence, when the wind flows over a curved surface, it must travel farther and therefore faster, resulting in a drop in pressure that pulls the object in the direction of the curved surface.
Note that it was not necessary for the Wright brothers to be aware of Bournoulli's principle in order to realize that if you lay a billowed sail on its side and push it through the air it will pull itself up. All that was really needed for engineers to invent flight was an engine powerful enough to push the modified sail through the air.
Engineers are pragmatists. It makes no difference how nice it sounds - if it doesn't work, it's no good. And engineers work - for a living. And what they work at is solving problems. They have, therefore, gotten very good at solving problems, and their solutions are necessarily problem specific. If you take a problem to a chemist, you'll get a chemical solution. If you take a problem to a politician, you'll get a political solution. If you take a problem to an engineer, you'll get a workable solution.
Or, you might just get the honest advice that the "problem" you're experiencing exists only in the propaganda you're experiencing and has no palpable existence in the real world. 'Next time you see an engineer, ask him about so-called "global warming."
And the next time you have a problem, ask an engineer, not a scientist.