500 (+/-10%) word report on an engineering hero of your choice. Must include (min.) 1 book ref, 2 journal articles, and (max.) 1 internet references. CU Harvard must be used
Engineering Hero: Vannevar Bush
Vannevar Bush is one of the notable American electrical engineering heroes who oversaw the development of the differential analyzer. He was also responsible for establishing reliable scientific research during the Second World War. He was born in 1890 and later decided in the year 1974. He is a graduate of electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1916 (Clarke, 2014). Later, he was involved in the antisubmarine research. During the First World War, Bush had designed a submarine detection tool that could not be used by the U.S Navy due to the lack of government policy makers.
Bush is one of the intelligent inventors in the history of engineering. During the period 1920s and early ‘30s, he was recognized for designing and building analog computers. The analog computers usually represented data through physical quantity including voltage. The computers were helpful in tackling complex problems based on the long distance power drawings (Wisnioski, 2012). His analog computers were also helpful in other engineering problems. The differential analyzer is one of his recognizable achievements. The device utilized complex arrangements of cams and gears run by shafts. The Differential Analyzer could offer solutions to all problems in the laboratories. Thus, the device was used in resolving various engineering and physics issues.
In addition, Bush also made huge contribution in growing engineering towards the development and delivery of electric powers in the society. Electric power would help in the design of electronic devices to create an industrial and electricity centered society (Zachary, 2014). For instance, in 1922, he founded Raytheon company, a company that mainly manufactuered electronic parts. He also had 49 electronic patents. Moreover, Bush is an engineering hero because he led to the integration of military activities with the new technologies (Christensen, 2011). He headed the committee tasked with the role of directing scientific research into the military system. Therefore, his contributions in military technology integration, electronic power development, and scientific research proves that he is an engineering hero.
Christensen, C. (2011). US navy cryptologic mathematicians during World War II. Cryptologia, 35(3), 267-276.
Clarke, L. (2014). Recognizing HVAC engineering heroes. Who are yours? HAPC Engineering. [Online]
Wisnioski, M. (2012). Engineers for change: Competing visions of technology in 1960s America. Cambridge,, MA: MIT Press.
Zachary, G. P. (2014). Engineering needs more heroes. Spectrum, IEEE, 51(7), 42-46.