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Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
5/15/2013

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Lonnie Johnson holds a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, has earned 80 patents, and has launched two thin film battery companies, but he is best known for his invention of the SuperSoaker Water Gun. Johnson originally made the toy using a water bottle, plastic tubing, and duct tape, but it ended up reaching more than a billion dollars in sales.   (Source: Wikipedia)
Lonnie Johnson holds a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University, has earned 80 patents, and has launched two thin film battery companies, but he is best known for his invention of the SuperSoaker Water Gun. Johnson originally made the toy using a water bottle, plastic tubing, and duct tape, but it ended up reaching more than a billion dollars in sales.
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notarboca
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Re: We love you, Mr. Bean
notarboca   5/25/2013 1:35:07 PM
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Mr. Bean was a complete surprise to me!

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/23/2013 9:33:41 AM
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Wow – Musicians, too.  How do you substantiate (rather, create) this candidate list initially, prior to research verification-?

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Charles Murray   5/21/2013 7:16:21 PM
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The ones who didn't make the list probably required more research than those who did. It took numerous calls to colleges to determine whether some of these people were engineers or not. I would have liked the list to have more balance by adding people like Donald Sutherland, Herbie Hancock and Neil Young, to name a few who were unprovable, but it was not to be.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/21/2013 11:55:22 AM
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One that surprised (and delighted) me was Norman Schwarzkopf.  But being from Detroit originally, Lee Iacocca was a home town hero -- so no surprise there ( father'd the Mustang and saved Chrysler Motors).   Most surprising was Leonid Brezhnev.  Thanks for the list – Great research!

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Charles Murray   5/17/2013 6:27:05 PM
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I agree with you about the rigors of engineering study, bobjengr. It didn't seem to hurt Stefan Humphries, one of our 22 engineers who went on to study medicine.

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bobjengr   5/16/2013 7:23:07 PM
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Really interesting post Charles.  I remain amazed at the number of graduate engineers who never practice our profession.  They simply go into other fields.   One of the very best attorneys in our town is a graduate engineer but decided law school was his destiny and not engineering.  When asking him why, he replied the rigors of engineering study were the major reason for his success as a lawyer.  In other words, he learned to think and reason.   The individuals in your slide show, I'm sure, excelled due to their engineering background—although possibly not Mr. Bean.  Who knows?

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Charles Murray   5/16/2013 6:20:04 PM
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It's interesting that so many of us who lived through the 1980s thought of Iacocca as a commercial pitchman. His face was constantly on TV. But he was really considered a "car guy" in Detroit.  

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Didn't Know Were Engineers
apresher   5/16/2013 4:07:41 PM
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Very and pleasantly surprised to learn that Lee Iacocca is an engineer.

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Rob Spiegel   5/16/2013 3:58:25 PM
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I wasn't surprised the Bill Nye was an engineer, VadimR. I've seen him quite a bit, and he seems to have an engineer's mind to me.

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Elizabeth M   5/16/2013 2:52:26 PM
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Ha, no, not at all, jaydhall...I just meant he looked intelligent...and thoughtful...and like a man who knows how to figure things out. All qualities of an engineer. ;)

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