Over the last year, because of COVID-19, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the people who affect our everyday lives.

You’ve got your first responders, nurses, doctors and front-line workers who have been in the spotlight recently and rightfully so.

But, there’s another group of people who are often overlooked and rarely celebrated, but when you sit down and think about it, they have just as much if not more of an impact on our everyday lives then all of those aforementioned people.

As you’ve probably guessed since this special section is called Engineers Week 2021, I’m of course talking about engineers.

This has become one of my favorite sections we do each year because it gives me the chance to talk to people who are passionate about what they do and that’s always fun.

We’ve got a handful of stories in this section that shine a light on some of the problems these people have solved and tell how they’ve made our lives a little better.

The topics range from hypersonic weapons and combat-capable lasers to some of the challenges that had to be overcome just so the workforce could have drinkable water when they turned on a faucet in one of the break rooms on Redstone.

As we progress as a society, there are very few places that remain untouched by the work of some unnamed engineer.

This year we’re happy to put a few names and faces on some of that work.

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