It is that time of the year again, when gift-giving becomes a requirement at most social functions. We therefore feel obligated to continue our gifts for engineers articles, a series of articles intended to demystify the peculiar tastes of engineers. From books to electronics this list is a continuation of what we feel if a public service for the benefit for all. The following list provides a delightful collection of gifts that engineers will appreciate the subtle engineering themes.
A thriller that puts engineering in the spotlight by making an engineer the main character and hero, The Jackhammer Elegies, recently won an entertainment industries award for highlighting the profession.
Built from 1874 to 1876, The Tehachapi Loop was built to connect California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley with the then small agricultural town of Los Angeles on California’s southern coast. Originally, the plans mapped out indicated that the Tehachapi Line would bypass Los Angeles and instead go southeast through the Mojave Desert to Yuma, Arizona, and all points east. Eventually state politics overruled the Southern Pacific’s decision, which was the company that monopolized railroad transportation in California at that time.
One of the major functions of an engineer is to improve the quality of life of humans around the world. From the beginning of time, man has searched for ways to ease his life, from growing food to fetching water to drink. Over time, there have been some inventions that completely revolutionized the working dynamics of the world.
The world “renewable” has quickly become a synonym of words like “clean”, “environmentally friendly” and “sustainable” in our language. Even the companies and governments have used it with commercial, informative and even propagandist goals. The truth is that “renewable” stuff is part of contemporary life since some years ago, especially when energy is involved.
There are certain traits that are important to many employers when they are hiring an engineer. Going to school and gaining a degree has become a rudimentary necessity in landing engineering jobs. The hiring process has evolved greatly as employers analyze the skills, interests and personality that will best match their needs. The role of […]
In this day and age, engineers must be adept at crafting their resumes once they get into the job market. Resumes are important marketing tools that land applicants job interviews that may lead to their dream job. It is no wonder then that some companies overlook seasoned engineers for fresh graduates simply based on the […]
Designed by Deltamarin, the significance of this project cannot be understated; once completed, it will be the world’s largest pipelay vessel, and will have both the size and hydraulic lifting equipment to deal with sizable decommissioning and installation projects.
The construction of the Panama Canal also captured the spirit of innovation that has always driven engineers, as they continued to build and learn from ideas used by their predecessors to eventually create one of the world’s marvels. It defines the characteristics and traits of successful engineering, from leadership, creativity, teamwork, communication and technical expertise. One of the most highly traveled waterways in the world, the Panama expansion project is expected to be completed in 2015. Furthermore, plans are underway to build yet another canal in Nicaragua in partnership with China
On October 4, 1957, a 25-in diameter metal ball was launched from Kazakhstan. Once in space, it orbited around the Earth three months while sending radio signals for 22 days for all to hear. It was the Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite in history and it was the first successful attempt of space exploration for mankind.