America has always been the hotbed of tinkerers. By 19th century, America was on a fast lane to engineering success. Ground-breaking engineering feats stirred America’s appetite for industrial preeminence and towards the beginning of 19th century, it was already belting out engineering milestones — some original and some borrowed (at times illegally) from British Isles. By the end of that century, America was crafting its own major inventions, like the steamboat and cotton gin. With such engineering advancements, the country was clearly on its way to gaining industrial supremacy. This spurred a rise of famous engineering schools like MIT, the Case Institute, and Stevens Institute of Technology, which generated a steady supply of engineers. Since the last 70 years, America has been the world leader in engineering excellence, ruling markets from steel and cars to energy and aerospace. Let us explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on America's eminent engineers in the biographies presented below.
Elon MuskElon Musk
28 June 1971
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Jeff BezosJeff Bezos
12 January 1964
Founder of

Bill GatesBill Gates
28 October 1955
Co-Founder of Microssoft

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc

Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla
10 July 1856
Inventor, Father of Radio

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong
05 August 1930
Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella
19 August 1967
CEO of Microsoft

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930
American engineer
Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
11 August 1950
Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)

Jack DorseyJack Dorsey
19 November 1976
Co-Founder of Twitter
Tim CookTim Cook
01 November 1960
CEO of Apple Inc.

John McAfeeJohn McAfee
18 September 1945
Computer Programmer

John DeLoreanJohn DeLorean
06 January 1925
Inventor, Engineer
Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
28 December 1969
Software Engineer

Dustin MoskovitzDustin Moskovitz
22 May 1984
Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt
27 April 1955
Former CEO of Google

Jan KoumJan Koum
24 February 1976
CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp

Amar BoseAmar Bose
02 November 1929
Electrical Engineer and Sound Engineer
John BardeenJohn Bardeen
23 May 1908
Nobel Laureate in Physics

Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
11 March 1890
Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902

Jerry Yang Jerry Yang
06 November 1968
Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.

Tommy RettigTommy Rettig
10 December 1941
Child Actor

Robert NoyceRobert Noyce
12 December 1927
Co-inventor of the integrated circuit
Ray TomlinsonRay Tomlinson
23 April 1941
Inventor of the First Email System
Jack KilbyJack Kilby
08 November 1923
Inventor of integrated circuit

Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering
29 August 1876
Inventor, Engineer & Businessman

Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management

Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
05 April 1950
Former NASA Astronaut
Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer

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Emily Warren RoeblingEmily Warren Roebling
23 September 1843
Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper
21 March 1856
Military Leader

Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones
17 May 1893

An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories
Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke
10 February 1883
Electrical Engineer

Squire WhippleSquire Whipple
16 September 1804
Civil Engineer
Evan WilliamsEvan Williams
31 March 1972
Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter

Henry GannettHenry Gannett
24 August 1846
Geographers, Explorers

Kate GleasonKate Gleason
25 November 1865
Mechanical Engineer
Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885
Civil Engineer

Nora Stanton Blatch BarneyNora Stanton Blatch Barney
30 September 1883
Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights
W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Statistician, Electrical Engineer

Daniel FredinburgDaniel Fredinburg
08 September 1981
Google X Engineer

Elmina WilsonElmina Wilson
29 September 1870
First Lady of Structural Engineering

Fred C KochFred C Koch
23 September 1900
Chemical Engineer, Entrepreneur

Shahid KhanShahid Khan
18 July 1950
Business person
Lisa NowakLisa Nowak
10 May 1963
Naval flight officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Test

Travis KalanickTravis Kalanick
06 August 1976
Internet entrepreneur

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
16 March 1953
Programmer, Computer scientist, Lecturer, Blogger,
Bo WelchBo Welch
30 November 1951
Film director, Screenwriter

John CarmackJohn Carmack
20 August 1970
Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer,
Anwar al-AwlakiAnwar al-Awlaki
22 April 1971

Preston TuckerPreston Tucker
21 September 1903
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Automotive designer

W. Edwards DemingW. Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor
20 March 1856
Tennis player, Engineer, Economist, Golfer,

Homer HickamHomer Hickam
19 February 1943
Aerospace Engineer
Dan GurneyDan Gurney
13 April 1931
Formula One driver, Engineer, Racecar driver

Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
29 July 1957

Gary GygaxGary Gygax
27 July 1938
Writer, Novelist, Publisher, Game designer
Loni LoveLoni Love
12 July 1971

Steve AlbiniSteve Albini
22 July 1962
Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer,
George HotzGeorge Hotz
02 October 1989
Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist

Brendan EichBrendan Eich
04 July 1961
computer scientist, programmer, chief technology

Grant ImaharaGrant Imahara
23 October 1970
Electrical engineer

Bernhard Caesar EinsteinBernhard Caesar Einstein
10 July 1930
Physicist, Engineer
Casey JonesCasey Jones
14 March 1863
railroad engineer
Sid MeierSid Meier
24 February 1954
Video game producer, Engineer, Video game

Gene KranzGene Kranz
17 August 1933
Officer, Engineer

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
06 March 1927
Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace

Henry J. KaiserHenry J. Kaiser
09 May 1882
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
22 November 1980
Computer scientist, Programmer

Ben BurttBen Burtt
12 July 1948
Film director, Screenwriter, Sound design, Film

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
04 December 1957
Software developer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer,

Jack FiskJack Fisk
19 December 1945
Film director, Production designer

Owsley StanleyOwsley Stanley
19 January 1935
Chemist, Engineer, Audio engineer
Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear
29 December 1800
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer

Harold CampingHarold Camping
19 July 1921
Radio personality, Civil engineer
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
26 May 1949
Programmer, Computer scientist

Ellen OchoaEllen Ochoa
10 May 1958
Astronaut, Engineer

David PackardDavid Packard
07 September 1912
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist
Charles K. KaoCharles K. Kao
04 November 1933
Physicist, Engineer, Scientist, Inventor,

Tony FadellTony Fadell
22 March 1969
Max YasgurMax Yasgur
15 December 1919

Bill JoyBill Joy
08 November 1954
Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer

Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart
30 January 1925
American engineer

Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh
10 April 1977
Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer,
Stan WinstonStan Winston
07 April 1946
Film director, Make-up artist, Film producer,

Jonathan BlowJonathan Blow
1971 AD
programmer, game designer
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
06 April 1953
Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
22 November 1942
Officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Aviator
Alan MulallyAlan Mulally
04 August 1945

Clarence BirdseyeClarence Birdseye
09 December 1886
Inventor, Engineer
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
12 March 1923
United States Naval Aviator, Astronaut,