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

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong
05 August 1930

Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla
10 July 1856
Father of Radio

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc
Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Aerospace Engineer, Filmmaker,

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin
20 January 1930
American engineer

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863

John McAfeeJohn McAfee
18 September 1945
Computer Programmer
Satya NadellaSatya Nadella
19 August 1967
CEO of Microsoft

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

Jack DorseyJack Dorsey
19 November 1976
Co-Founder of Twitter

Dustin MoskovitzDustin Moskovitz
22 May 1984
Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
28 December 1969
Software Engineer

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

Jerry Yang Jerry Yang
06 November 1968
Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
John BardeenJohn Bardeen
23 May 1908
Nobel Laureate in Physics

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

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

Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering
29 August 1876
Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
05 April 1950
Former NASA Astronaut
Emily Warren RoeblingEmily Warren Roebling
23 September 1843
Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn

An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories

Edith ClarkeEdith Clarke
10 February 1883
Electrical 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

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

Olive DennisOlive Dennis
20 November 1885
Civil Engineer

Kate GleasonKate Gleason
25 November 1865
Mechanical Engineer

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Squire WhippleSquire Whipple
16 September 1804
Civil Engineer
Henry GannettHenry Gannett
24 August 1846
Geographers, Explorers

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

Max YasgurMax Yasgur
15 December 1919

Robert MosesRobert Moses
18 December 1888
Architect, Politician
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
16 March 1953
Programmer, Computer scientist, Lecturer, Blogger,

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

Ed BoonEd Boon
22 February 1964
Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer

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

Gene KranzGene Kranz
17 August 1933
Officer, Engineer

Steve AlbiniSteve Albini
22 July 1962
Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer,
John CarmackJohn Carmack
20 August 1970
Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer,

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor
20 March 1856
Tennis player, Engineer, Economist, Golfer,

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse
06 October 1846
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
30 April 1916
Mathematician, Cryptographer, Computer scientist,
George HotzGeorge Hotz
02 October 1989
Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist

Bo WelchBo Welch
30 November 1951
Film director, Screenwriter
Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
06 March 1927
Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace

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

Bernhard Caesar EinsteinBernhard Caesar Einstein
10 July 1930
Physicist, Engineer
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
11 March 1890
Scientist, Engineer, Politician, University

Casey JonesCasey Jones
14 March 1863
railroad engineer
Robert H. GoddardRobert H. Goddard
05 October 1882
Aerospace engineer, Physicist, Engineer, Scientist

Owsley StanleyOwsley Stanley
19 January 1935
Chemist, Engineer, Audio engineer

Willis CarrierWillis Carrier
26 November 1876
Engineer, Inventor
Sid MeierSid Meier
24 February 1954
Video game producer, Engineer, Video game

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
22 November 1980
Computer scientist, Programmer
Jack FiskJack Fisk
19 December 1945
Film director, Production designer

Richard GarriottRichard Garriott
04 July 1961
Astronaut, Engineer, Video game developer,

Wally SchirraWally Schirra
12 March 1923
United States Naval Aviator, Astronaut,

Dan GurneyDan Gurney
13 April 1931
Formula One driver, Engineer, Racecar driver
Tim SchaferTim Schafer
26 July 1967
Engineer, Programmer, Video game developer
Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart
30 January 1925
American engineer

Stan WinstonStan Winston
07 April 1946
Film director, Make-up artist, Film producer,

Ellen OchoaEllen Ochoa
10 May 1958
Astronaut, Engineer

Boyd CoddingtonBoyd Coddington
28 August 1944
Designer, Engineer
Burt RutanBurt Rutan
17 June 1943
Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator,

Ellison OnizukaEllison Onizuka
24 June 1946
Officer, Astronaut, Engineer

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

Stephanie ShehStephanie Sheh
10 April 1977
Voice actor, Actor, Screenwriter, Audio engineer,

Jonathan BlowJonathan Blow
1971 AD
programmer, game designer
Henry J. KaiserHenry J. Kaiser
09 May 1882
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Preston TuckerPreston Tucker
21 September 1903
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Automotive designer
Charles GoodyearCharles Goodyear
29 December 1800
Inventor, Chemist, Engineer

Robert KearnsRobert Kearns
10 March 1927
Inventor, Engineer

Fazlur Rahman KhanFazlur Rahman Khan
03 April 1929
Civil engineer, Architect, Structural engineer
Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
31 March 1945
Computer scientist, Engineer

Paul BuchheitPaul Buchheit
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
06 April 1953
Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer

Andrew KehoeAndrew Kehoe
01 February 1872
Spree killer

Anousheh AnsariAnousheh Ansari
12 September 1966
American-Iranian engineer

Michael TeutulMichael Teutul
26 November 1978
Mechanical engineer
David PackardDavid Packard
07 September 1912
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
26 May 1949
Programmer, Computer scientist
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
23 March 1944
Computer scientist, Engineer

Leslie GrovesLeslie Groves
17 August 1896

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
22 November 1973
Artist, Comics artist, Novelist, Writer,

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
19 December 1963
Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist,
Robert MoogRobert Moog
23 May 1934
Inventor, Engineer, University teacher