Back to Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers
Foreword by Henry Petroski, Ph.D., P.E.
Behind every great American civil engineering accomplishment, there is a great American civil engineer. Throughout history civil engineers have made an enormous impact on the progress and development of this nation. While their engineering achievements are regularly recognized, the engineers themselves are rarely discussed.
Engineering Legends provides a unique view into the history and progress of 32 of these great American civil engineers, from the 1700s to the present. It explores the personal lives and professional accomplishments of these outstanding engineers, providing an in-depth look at the people behind these achievements. The book also illustrates the diversity surrounding these engineers, such as their differing backgrounds, their reasons for becoming engineers, obstacles they faced, and their work in different disciplines of civil engineering.
Practicing and aspiring civil engineers will be inspired to suceed by the stories of these American civil engineering legends.
About the Author
Richard G. Weingardt, P.E., is a practicing structural engineer with nearly 50 years of experience. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and an accompanlished author of books and articles, including Circles in the Sky: The Life and Times of George Ferris (ASCE Press, 2009) and regular columns in Structural Engineer and ASCE's Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering.
"This book is truly an inspiration to read and it was hard to put down...A great read and I highly recommend it." —John Craig, Director of the Nebraska Department of Roads, The Roadrunner
"Engineering Legends is a very entertaining effort to remedy the fact that most of the general public and media remain unaware and uninformed about engineering accomplishments." —Pearl Herndon & Richard A. Korman, Engineering News-Record
"Engineering Legends is a book that can inspire greatness in each of us." —Jim DeStefano, Structure Magazine