In my Jan. 7 column for the print DN, I mentioned Hoover (mining) and Grant as the only presidents who were engineers. And Grant was a maybe. Well, as several readers pointed out, I omitted one right under my nose - Jimmy Carter, a nuclear engineer. Someone also mentioned Eisenhower given that West point grads often earn engineering degrees. After all, the Military Academy has a very strong civil, mechanical, electrical, systems and civil engineering programs supplemented by equally strong science and mathematics programs. Ditto for the Naval Academy. Carter attended the Naval Academy and Eisenhower and Grant the Military Academy.
Determining the specific degrees that Grant and Eisenhower earned is not easy. But I have queries into the Eisenhower Museum. Grant is bit more difficult, but I have the same question into his home page.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.