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History of Engineering

Every new innovation builds on ideas of previous innovations.

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Engineering is…

  • The profession in which knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to use, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.

    • The Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology (ABET)

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The Speed of History

  • Rate at which we currently introduce innovations is far more rapid than in the past

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Foundations of Engineering

  • Early civilizations examined their environments & saw areas where life could be easier

    • Improved fishing, hunting

    • Better shelter

    • Better weapons

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Historic Backgrounds

  • Civil

  • Industrial

  • Mechanical

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History of Civil Engineering

  • Civil Engineering is to design systems that are functional, efficient, & durable

  • Ancient Egyptians used surveying for flood predictions

  • Romans measured & marked land, laid out aqueducts & designed roads

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History of Civil Engineering

  • Bridges

  • Dams

  • Roads

  • Tunnels

  • Water

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History of Industrial Engineering

  • Industrial Engineer’s main role is to combine workers, machines, and materials to increase productivity & reduce waste

  • Tribal cultures created more efficient tools & made best use of people’s specific skills

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History of Industrial Engineering

  • Early machines used in Industrial Revolution created by innovators would be in this category

  • Drills, lathes, crankshaft, water wheels, steam engines, etc.

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History of Mechanical Engineering

  • Concerned with machines & mechanical devices

  • Involved in the design, development, production, operation & service of these devices

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History of Mechanical Engineering

  • Chariots

  • Boats

  • Trains

  • Bicycles

  • Automobiles

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