As part of a project incubator program at my university, I am trying to understand current specific issues, cumbersome processes, and obstacles facing engineering projects in industry. By pinpointing a specific issue, my team and I would be able to develop a potential solution to the problem.

For instance, I read about how this team of engineers designed a tray that can stick onto inclined surfaces (airplane nose, etc.) so that technicians can easily handle tools.

I consider myself a creative person and love to come up with solutions. However, I need to identify specific inefficiencies and issues in industry. As I do not have work experience, I am hoping that you can provide that insight. As many of you come from a wide range of industries and different positions, I would really value your input and opinion.

Thank you for your help!

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    $\begingroup$ Didn't NASA spend 5 million designing a pen for astronauts that would write in space at all angles, low temperature etc? And the Russians just gave the astronauts a pencil?? $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 29, 2021 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ This is too general. Start by finding a specific problem where you can identify a solution. Forget about the "In industry" part - there are lots of engineering products used by ordinary members of the public (and remember that includes people who may be very young, very old, have medical impairments, are right or left handed or footed, etc, etc...) $\endgroup$
    – alephzero
    Jun 29, 2021 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ But I need help finding a specific problem. With this question, I'm trying to identify specific problems engineers face at their work. I'm trying to create a product that can benefit engineers in their industry. $\endgroup$
    – ARJ
    Jun 29, 2021 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ SE sites are for asking specific questions and getting specific answers. See Don't ask for details. You would be better asking this on a discussion forum. $\endgroup$
    – Transistor
    Jun 29, 2021 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ @ARJ why wouldn't the engineers solve their own problems? $\endgroup$
    – jsotola
    Jun 30, 2021 at 2:40