George Halas was the 1919 Rose Bowl MVP, coach of the Chicago Bears for 47 years, owner of the Bears for 63 years, and co-founder of the National Football League. Notably, Halas played baseball, too, serving as New York Yankees rightfielder prior to the arrival of Babe Ruth. He was also a civil engineer, earning his degree from the University of Illinois. (Source: The Chicago Bears Football Club)
My daughter went to high school with a NFL and Arena Football League place kicker named Todd France. He went to Univ. of Toledo and majored in Mechanical Engineering. Holds records for his postiion at UT and played for several NFL teams as well as many years with the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL. He scored a touchdown against Marshall with a trick play "Nerd up the middle" (that was the team's name for it) where they set up for a field goal and he took a handoff from the holder and ran it in. He served in the Peace Corp but don't know what has happened with him since.
Obama should be on the list for engineering the downfall of our once great nation. He has engineered a debt so massive our great grandchildren will still be paying on the interest. He engineered the downfall do the best medical system in the planet. He engineered the destruction of countless innocent lives as his expertise in civil engineering designed the downfall of stable governments under the guise of liberation (he's not alone as Clinton, Bush, Bush lead the way).
Yes, he should be on the list, as well...
I always took Nielsen for a consumer research-oriented individual. It's interesting to know about his academic history. But the one that really shocked me was Rowan Atkinson, perhaps because of his "Mr. Bean" personification.
Great work, Charles, highlighting the social impact of an engineering education. As you've done so much research into who is, or isn't, an engineer, could you focus on governments. It fascinates me that most of the Chinese ruling committee are engineers (mostly civil engineers) and, while we might disagree with a lot of their ideology, we have to admire the way they've been able to ditch those aspects of their ideology that got in the way of economic growth, and have consistently produced the fastest growing economy in the world. Most other countries seem to be run by lawyers, with a good few teachers (in Ireland anyway), doctors, accountants and real estate agents. It would be really interesting to see the contributions (positive and negative) that engineers make when they are in government.
Another angle that we'd probably rather not publicise is that there is a disproportionate number of engineers among suicide bombers.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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