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

Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla
10 July 1856
Inventor, Father of Radio

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc

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

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930
American engineer
Satya NadellaSatya Nadella
19 August 1967
CEO of Microsoft

Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
11 August 1950
Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Tim CookTim Cook
01 November 1960
CEO of Apple Inc.

John DeLoreanJohn DeLorean
06 January 1925
Inventor, Engineer

John McAfeeJohn McAfee
18 September 1945
Computer Programmer

Jack DorseyJack Dorsey
19 November 1976
Co-Founder of Twitter

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
28 December 1969
Software Engineer
Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt
27 April 1955
Former CEO of Google

Dustin MoskovitzDustin Moskovitz
22 May 1984

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

Amar BoseAmar Bose
02 November 1929
Electrical Engineer and Sound Engineer
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
11 March 1890

John BardeenJohn Bardeen
23 May 1908
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902

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

Robert NoyceRobert Noyce
12 December 1927
Co-inventor of the integrated circuit
Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones
17 May 1893

Tommy RettigTommy Rettig
10 December 1941
Child Actor
Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer

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

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Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management
Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
05 April 1950
Former NASA Astronaut

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke
10 February 1883
Electrical Engineer

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper
21 March 1856
Military Leader

An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories
Emily Warren RoeblingEmily Warren Roebling
23 September 1843
Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn
Squire WhippleSquire Whipple
16 September 1804
Civil Engineer

Evan WilliamsEvan Williams
31 March 1972
Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter

Nora Stanton Blatch BarneyNora Stanton Blatch Barney
30 September 1883
Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights

Henry GannettHenry Gannett
24 August 1846
Geographers, Explorers
Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885
Civil Engineer

Kate GleasonKate Gleason
25 November 1865
Mechanical Engineer

W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Statistician, Electrical Engineer

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

Daniel FredinburgDaniel Fredinburg
08 September 1981
Google X Engineer
Elmina WilsonElmina Wilson
29 September 1870
First Lady of Structural Engineering

Shahid KhanShahid Khan
18 July 1950
Business person
Travis KalanickTravis Kalanick
06 August 1976
Internet entrepreneur

Jim LovellJim Lovell
25 March 1928

Anwar al-AwlakiAnwar al-Awlaki
22 April 1971
Lisa NowakLisa Nowak
10 May 1963
Naval flight officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Test

Bo WelchBo Welch
30 November 1951
Film director, Screenwriter
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
29 July 1957

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

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
16 March 1953
Programmer, Computer scientist, Lecturer, Blogger,

John CarmackJohn Carmack
20 August 1970
Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer,

Loni LoveLoni Love
12 July 1971
W. Edwards DemingW. Edwards Deming
14 October 1900

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor

Gary GygaxGary Gygax
27 July 1938
Writer, Novelist, Publisher, Game designer

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor
20 March 1856
Tennis player, Engineer, Economist, Golfer,
Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
22 November 1942
Officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Aviator

Preston TuckerPreston Tucker
21 September 1903
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Automotive designer
Steve AlbiniSteve Albini
22 July 1962
Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer,

George HotzGeorge Hotz
02 October 1989
Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist

Dan GurneyDan Gurney
13 April 1931
Formula One driver, Engineer, Racecar driver
Brendan EichBrendan Eich
04 July 1961
computer scientist, programmer, chief technology

Homer HickamHomer Hickam
19 February 1943
Aerospace Engineer
Thomas MassieThomas Massie
13 January 1971

Bernhard Caesar EinsteinBernhard Caesar Einstein
10 July 1930
Physicist, Engineer

Sid MeierSid Meier
24 February 1954
Video game producer, Engineer, Video game
Tony FadellTony Fadell
22 March 1969

Gene KranzGene Kranz
17 August 1933
Officer, Engineer
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
06 April 1953
Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer

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

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
22 November 1980
Computer scientist, Programmer

Owsley StanleyOwsley Stanley
19 January 1935
Chemist, Engineer, Audio engineer
Alan MulallyAlan Mulally
04 August 1945
Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
27 January 1978
Aviator, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Actor,

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove
02 September 1936

Grant ImaharaGrant Imahara
23 October 1970
Electrical engineer

Henry J. KaiserHenry J. Kaiser
09 May 1882
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh
10 April 1977
Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer,

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
26 May 1949
Programmer, Computer scientist

Jonathan BlowJonathan Blow
1971 AD
programmer, game designer

Harold CampingHarold Camping
19 July 1921
Radio personality, Civil engineer

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
19 December 1963
Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist,
Ellison OnizukaEllison Onizuka
24 June 1946
Officer, Astronaut, Engineer

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

Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart
25 January 1925
Jack FiskJack Fisk
19 December 1945
Film director, Production designer
David PackardDavid Packard
07 September 1912
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist