On World Engineering Day, here are some interesting facts:

The word engineer originated from the medieval Latin word “ingeniator,” which again comes from “ingeniare” meaning clever; native talent. It reflects how engineers are known for their creativity and skills.

  • The first civil engineer is known as Imhotep. He was said to have played a crucial role as an engineer in the pyramid of Djoser’s development. This pyramid is in Saqqara, Egypt. It was built around 2630 BC.
  • Furthermore, Elisa Leonids Zamfirescu is known to be the first female engineer in the world. She received a degree in engineering and graduated in 1912 from the Royal Academy of Technology Berlin.
  • In 1903, the Wright Brothers flew an aircraft that lasted for just 12 seconds in the air. This may be one of the most shocking engineering facts. However, this was a milestone and a big achievement in aviation. The next two flights covered approximately 175 and 200 feet by Wilbur and Orville.
  • Thomas Edison was among the most noted electrical engineers, inventors, and businessmen. He has contributed some incredible inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the light bulb, devices for sound recording, mass communication, etc. He has a record of 1093 patents under his name.
  • In 1973, Martin Cooper of Motorola showed the first mobile phone in New York City. The phone weighed 2 kgs. After that, in 1979, NTT, or Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, launched the first cellular network in the world in Japan.
  • The Ferris wheel, also known as the giant wheel, was constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. This invention is known as an engineering marvel. As simple and easy as it may seem now was once a marvellous invention. In 1893, this structure was the largest structure made of steel. At present, the highest Ferris wheel is in Dubai, UAE. The total length is 250 meters.
  • The invention of snowboarding is a combination of physics, chemistry, and biomechanics. The accurate measurements and angles make it easy for the athletes to snowboard at different altitudes. Engineer Sherman Poppen of Muskegon, Michigan, is known as the “father of the snowboard”. He invented the first prototype of the modern snowboard in 1965. The initial model was known as ‘snurfer.’ Sherman Poppen’s wife coined this term to describe ‘surfing on snow.’ Snowboarding gained popularity after being shown in the James Bond movie ‘A View To Kill’ in 1985.
  • The largest wind turbine in the world is in Denmark. It is 720 feet tall, has 260-foot blades, and can generate 8 megawatts of power.
  • The first computer program was predicted by Ada Lovelace  in a paper she published in 1843. Ada suggested that plan for calculating Bernoulli numbers with a new calculating engine called the “Analytical Engine”.
  • One Google search produces about 0.2 g of CO2. But since you hardly get an answer from one search, a typical search session produces about the same amount of CO2 as does boiling a tea kettle. Google handles about 1 billion search queries per day, releasing some 200 tons of CO2 per day.

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