The word engineer came from the Latin word ingenerare, meaning “to create”.
Engineers create change and make the world a better place.
By pushing boundaries through innovation and inspiration, towering figures of history such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs have created new industries, re-imagined old ones and changed millions of lives.
In a globalised and complex world, engineers are in increasingly high demand because they dream up solutions that simplify and transform the way we live, communicate, treat illnesses, discover threats, prevent natural disasters and so much more.
Brilliant minds have given us electricity, cars, aviation, radio, television, computers, spaceflight and the Internet.
What will yours be?
1879: Incandescent Lamp
Thomas Edison developed the first commercially practical incandescent lamp. While testing incandescent bulbs, he noticed a flow of electricity from metal to metal and then to wire. This great discovery was known as the Thermionic Emission, or the Edison effect. This was and still is the basis of electronics.
1908: Ford Model T
Henry Ford was the first to develop and mass produce automobiles in the 20th century. Starting with the Model T, sales of his cars reached 250,000 in 1914. As an avid fan of material science and engineering, Ford Motor Company adopted cutting-edge vanadium steel alloys and invested in metallurgic research and development.
1977: Apple II
Together with his partners at Apple, Steve Jobs developed the Apple II which became the first mass-market personal computer, with impressive sales around the United States. Apple became a symbol of the personal computing revolution. Apple later also released a variety of successful new electronics such as the iPods and iPhones.