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Man of Genius

Jeffrey Syken

In ancient Rome, the Men of Genius who built the roads, bridges, aqueducts etc. were held in such high regard by Roman society as to inspire jealousy among the emperors. By the time of the Industrial Revolution, the engineer had taken on a role that would once again endear them to society.

With science and technology attaining an almost religious posture during the industrial age, the engineers who created modern society were the high priests of this brave new world. A highly respected and well paying profession, engineers brought light where there was only darkness before. Specialty branches (i.e. mining, chemical, industrial, automotive etc.) of engineering rose to meet the ever-increasing demands of industry and science.

In the early days of the republic, the U.S. Army and its Corps of Engineers founded in 1775, took on the role of expanding a few isolated settlements on the east coast into a trans-continental nation. In fact, the military academy at West Point was the main source of engineers well into the 19th Century. To understand the impact engineers and engineering has on our life we need only open our eyes and look at the world all around us which, for the most part, was/is created by engineers.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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