EWeek – Some of Mankind’s Greatest Engineering Marvels

EWeek – Engineers have been with us for many centuries. Per Webster’s Dictionary: an engineer is:

  • a member of a military group devoted to engineering work
  • a designer or builder of engines
  • a person who is trained in or follow as a profession a branch of engineering

I think more appropriately Webster’s defines engineering as: a science by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to man

Over the centuries, the engineers of the world have accomplished many significant achievements. Some of those have been identified as:

  • Ancient world – Projectile Weaponry (Spears, Arrows etc) – Time immemorial to present day
  • Second Century AD – The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • 2560 BC – The Great Pyramid of Giza
  • 3000-1500 BC – Stonehenge
  • 70-80 BC – the Colosseum in Rome
  • 500-1500 AD – The Taj Mahal
  • 500 AD – the Hagia Sophia
  • 1399 AD – the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • 7th century BCE until 1644 – the Great Wall of China
  • 1450 AD – Machu Pichu
  • 1998 AD – the International Space Station
  • 1903 AD – Maned Flight
  • 1991 AD – The Internet
  • 1850 AD – Electrification
  • 1990 AD – the Channel Tunnel

These are some of the big engineering accomplishments. But engineers make countless improvements to almost every thing we use every day. One of my colleagues often would challenge a class when he was visiting to talk about engineering to name something that engineers hadn’t touched. He was never stumped whether an engineer was involved in the design, manufacturing, packaging or transportation of an item.



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