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1. The Excitement of Control Engineering

1.2.2 Environmental Issues

All companies and governments are becoming increasingly aware of the need to achieve the benefits outlined above, whilst still respecting finite natural resources and preserving our fragile environment. Again, control engineering is a core enabling technology in reaching these goals. To quote one well-known example, the changes in legislation covering emissions from automobiles in California have led car manufacturers to significant changes in technology, including enhanced control strategies for internal combustion engines.

Thus, we see that control engineering is driven by major economic, political, and environmental forces. The rewards for those who can get all the factors right can be enormous.