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.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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