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  • About Civil Engineering
    The American Society of Civil Engineers present an overview of civil engineering, including a host of specialties: Transportation, Coastal Engineering, Structural, Environmental, Geotechnical, Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Mechanics. This site also lists Books & Standards, Conferences & Events, Continuing Education and News.

  • Industrial Engineers
    Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook summarizes what industrial engineers do, their work environment, education, pay, and job outlook.

  • Roots of Industrial Engineering - The Gilbreths: Cheaper by the Dozen
    If you've ever seen the (hilarious) movie or read the (hilarious) book, then you've already met the Mother and father of modern industrial engineering.

  • What is Biological Engineering?
    An article by Paige Brown Jarreau.

  • Bioengineering
    History and branches described in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

  • What is Biomedical Engineering?
    Jim Lucas, a Live Science contributor, describes aspects of biomedical engineering, citing "One of the earliest examples is a wood and leather prosthetic toe found on a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy."

  • Systems Engineering Fundamentals
    The Defense Acquisition University Press describes the systems engineering process, analysis & control, organization & management, and glossary--209 pages worth.

  • History of Environmental Engineering
    Charles A. Buescher, from Washington University in St.Louis, describes this field from early Egypt, through the truly awesome Roman engineers, to the mid 1950s.

  • Virtual Museum of Surveying
    Sure they have a gift shop, but they also have a valuable Fraud Alert.

  • Surveying in the United States
    Thomas M. Ernst & Associates supplies a brief history, plus a Theoretical Township Diagram and some interesting Biblical curses for those who move boundary marks.

  • History of Structural Engineering: the Pantheon
    Describes the wonderful Roman engineering feat. See the picture to the right.

  • Ten Cool Engineering Tricks the Romans Taught Us
    According to this site, "If you wanted someone to explain geometry, you asked a Greek. If you wanted someone to build you a floating bridge, a sewer network or a weapon that could fire flaming balls of gravel and tar 300 hundred yards (274 meters), you called a Roman. As much as the Greeks gave us, Rome's brilliant architectural, organizational and engineering feats that make them stand out among the ancient peoples."

  • Timeline
    Greatest engineering achievements from 1900 to 2000, based on the book, "A Century of Innovation."

  • Types of Engineering
    Major engineering types out of 200 possibilities.


  • Civil Engineering Disasters
    Failure analysis of World Trade Center 5, foundation failures, and many bridge collapses.

  • Top 10 Worst Engineering Disasters
    What happens when bad engineering happens.

  • 50 Major Engineering Failures (1977-2007) Part 1
    Compiled by Muhammad Abduh, a list of worldwide failures in oil and gas production facilities, including what went wrong, how many were killed, injured, and evacuated. Links to parts 2-5.


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  • Alan Turing: the Enigma
    This site is maintained by Turing's biographer, Andrew Hodges. It includes a timeline, a short biography in eight parts, and a Scrapbook of images and links.

  • Wernher von Braun, Engineer, Scientist
    One of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration. Unfortunately, he also help develop the V-2 ballistic missile for the Nazis during World War II.

  • Famous Black Engineers Throughout History
    Includes African American men and women. Elijah McCoy, the son of runaway slaves, held 57 patents as a mechanical engineer. A rumor persists his engineering is so famous he name became synonymous with the genuine article--you know, the 'real McCoy.'

  • Famous Engineers
    Lists of engineers, some famous for events other than engineering, such as Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter. Divided by Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and Electrical Engineers.

  • Famous Engineers and Their Inventions
    Some on this list are only famous to other engineers, but we should all know and revere the name of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. You'll have to look at the list to see why!

  • Famous Female Engineers
    Includes the most prominent and top females known for being engineers.

  • List of Famous Surveyors
    Top surveyors in the world and in history, beginning with George Washington.

  • Leonardo da Vinci, the Complete Works
    All the pictures and designs by Leonardo. Use the sitemap to find the design of choice.

  • Profile: 10 Famous Engineers and Their Accomplishments
    From Burns and McDonnell comes a remarkable list, including Alfred Hitchcock, Hedy Lamarr, Rowan Atkinson, and Bill Nye. Who knew?

  • Top 10 Remarkable Engineers of All Time
    Even I have heard of 9 of these people--all except Nicolaus Otto.

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