Can I shake this man's hand?!
This article from Core77 address that designers need to be familiar with engineering, experimentation, technology and people AND not just be about drawing and sketching. He discusses that a new education system needs to be in place to address this 'crap' and actually solve problems properly and not just make it up!
This is music to my ears! I am a designer with an engineering degree which taught almost all of the above! We are here, just no one wants us... hopefully this is a sign of change.