Spotlight on Engineering


In this section, we look to "shine the spotlight" on the engineering profession - highlighting both:

Engineering projects / engineered products having high positive impacts on society.

Engineers "making a difference" in the world.

COMING SOON: Today's Engineering Leaders - Profiling leading real-life engineers - their backgrounds and accomplishments, along with sage advice they offer to future engineers.

To start off with, we provide links to existing websites highlighting notable engineering achievements, as well as notable engineers. In the future, we will be adding to this section with our own entries.

 


Notable Engineers:

National Engineers Week "New Faces of Engineering" program - highlighting young engineers (2 to 5 years out of school) and their work efforts impacting society.

2006 Finalists (16 total) plus others nominated by individual engineering societies and E-Week sponsors.

2005 Finalists (14 total) plus others nominated by individual engineering societies and E-Week sponsors.

2004 Finalists (12 total) plus others nominated by individual engineering societies and E-Week sponsors.

2003 Finalists (16 total) plus others nominated by individual engineering societies and E-Week sponsors.
 


Notable Engineering Achievements:

A Sightseers Guide To Engineering: A website that seeks to spotlight how engineers improve lives by identifying prominent “sights” (museums, dams, bridges, industrial facilities, etc.) nationwide one can visit in person or over the Internet. A one-page summary of each “sight” is provided, along with a link to that sight’s own webpage to obtain further information. The website is put forth by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century: A website listing and describing the top 20 engineering achievements of the 20th century as determined through a rigorous selection process led by the National Academy of Engineering. For each achievement, a brief introduction, detailed history and associated timeline are presented on the website.

Monuments of the Millennium: A website highlighting the 10 greatest civil engineering achievements of the 20thg century, with a specific project (“monument”) selected to represent each achievement. A short description of each monument is given, with a series of weblinks provided to access further information.

“Extreme Engineering” TV Series and Website: Extreme Engineering is a Discovery Channel television series that explores ten of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken. The associated website provides virtual interactive tours of each of the 10 projects documented in the series.

“Engineering the Impossible” Website: In association with its Extreme Engineering TV series (see above), the Discovery Channel identified three “impossible” projects: 1) the Millennium Tower (a skyscraper twice the size of the Empire State Building, 2) the Gibraltar Bridge (uniting Europe and Africa) and 3) the Freedom Ship (the world's first floating city) and explored how they might actually be accomplished. The results are presented on the website, including via video clips visualizing the final product.

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