G. Mark’s Answer
Well, in the first place, you've hit on a dynamite combination. Throughout my own career in engineering and science, I've found that any experience in other fields has often come in handy. In your case, Industrial Designers, I have found, have a much easier time coping with engineers and engineering organizations and general development of products if they have engineering experience themselves. One of the things I teach is Design Thinking, and it's basically the idea that any problem-solver should gather as much information as possible about the client / customer environment, job and problems before setting upon an implementation.
Another thing I've found is that when an industrial designer shows a design to the engineering team, and someone calls the solution, "sexy", that means you've got an elegant, impressive and cool idea. The worst thing to happen is when a designer is not in tune with the constraints -- or advantages -- of various technologies. This means lost opportunities or generally goofed-up design processes. In Design Thinking, we would like the implementers to "speak the same language" as the client whose problem you're solving. For Design Thinkers, this often entails long and detailed investigation and research when trying to understand their POV. If you start with engineering as a side, you're not only starting out with a huge advantage in that regard, but you've also hit on what I think is the wave of the future. And that's ergonomic technology. The kind of sweet stuff where a customer can sit down with your product and instinctively appreciate how it works or what it does or both. That's when you hit that sweet spot where a thing you make does just what it's supposed to do. Engineering should be and look organic. And cool designs are usually like that.