This technique of examining biology through the eyes of engineering is not necessarily new — systems biologists have been doing it for years.
Darwin gets credit by default for changes in organisms that should be seen instead as engineered products of foresight.
A giraffe grows from a zygote to an 18-foot-tall adult while keeping its organs and systems coordinated. Limits to variation is a significant point to clarify.
Perhaps the biggest evolutionary development in the course of the experiment involved some bacteria beginning to feed on citric acid.
An “engineering theory of evolution” might be one way of expressing what the ID proponents who participated in the CELS event were seeking.