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1. Electrical engineering – Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. This field first became an occupation in the later half of the 19th century after commercialization of the electric telegraph, the telephone. Subsequently, broadcasting and recording media made electronics part of daily life, the invention of the transistor, and later the integrated circuit, brought down the cost of electronics to the point they can be used in almost any household object. Electrical engineers typically hold a degree in engineering or electronic engineering. Practicing engineers may have professional certification and be members of a professional body, such bodies include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Electrical engineers work in a wide range of industries and the skills required are likewise variable. These range from basic circuit theory to the management skills required of a project manager, the tools and equipment that an individual engineer may need are similarly variable, ranging from a simple voltmeter to a top end analyzer to sophisticated design and manufacturing software. Electricity has been a subject of scientific interest since at least the early 17th century and he also designed the versorium, a device that detected the presence of statically charged objects. In the 19th century, research into the subject started to intensify, Electrical engineering became a profession in the later 19th century. Practitioners had created an electric telegraph network and the first professional electrical engineering institutions were founded in the UK. Over 50 years later, he joined the new Society of Telegraph Engineers where he was regarded by other members as the first of their cohort, Practical applications and advances in such fields created an increasing need for standardised units of measure. They led to the standardization of the units volt, ampere, coulomb, ohm, farad. This was achieved at a conference in Chicago in 1893. During these years, the study of electricity was considered to be a subfield of physics. Thats because early electrical technology was electromechanical in nature, the Technische Universität Darmstadt founded the worlds first department of electrical engineering in 1882. The first course in engineering was taught in 1883 in Cornell’s Sibley College of Mechanical Engineering. It was not until about 1885 that Cornell President Andrew Dickson White established the first Department of Electrical Engineering in the United States, in the same year, University College London founded the first chair of electrical engineering in Great Britain. Professor Mendell P. Weinbach at University of Missouri soon followed suit by establishing the engineering department in 1886
2. Mechanical engineering – Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production and it is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. The mechanical engineering field requires an understanding of areas including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis. Mechanical engineering emerged as a field during the Industrial Revolution in Europe in the 18th century, however, Mechanical engineering science emerged in the 19th century as a result of developments in the field of physics. The field has evolved to incorporate advancements in technology, and mechanical engineers today are pursuing developments in such fields as composites, mechatronics. Mechanical engineers may work in the field of biomedical engineering, specifically with biomechanics, transport phenomena, biomechatronics, bionanotechnology. Mechanical engineering finds its application in the archives of various ancient, in ancient Greece, the works of Archimedes deeply influenced mechanics in the Western tradition and Heron of Alexandria created the first steam engine. In China, Zhang Heng improved a water clock and invented a seismometer, during the 7th to 15th century, the era called the Islamic Golden Age, there were remarkable contributions from Muslim inventors in the field of mechanical technology. Al-Jazari, who was one of them, wrote his famous Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices in 1206 and he is also considered to be the inventor of such mechanical devices which now form the very basic of mechanisms, such as the crankshaft and camshaft. Newton was reluctant to publish his methods and laws for years, gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is also credited with creating Calculus during the same time frame. On the European continent, Johann von Zimmermann founded the first factory for grinding machines in Chemnitz, education in mechanical engineering has historically been based on a strong foundation in mathematics and science. Degrees in mechanical engineering are offered at universities worldwide. In Spain, Portugal and most of South America, where neither B. Sc. nor B. Tech, programs have been adopted, the formal name for the degree is Mechanical Engineer, and the course work is based on five or six years of training. In Italy the course work is based on five years of education, and training, in Greece, the coursework is based on a five-year curriculum and the requirement of a Diploma Thesis, which upon completion a Diploma is awarded rather than a B. Sc. In Australia, mechanical engineering degrees are awarded as Bachelor of Engineering or similar nomenclature although there are a number of specialisations. The degree takes four years of study to achieve. To ensure quality in engineering degrees, Engineers Australia accredits engineering degrees awarded by Australian universities in accordance with the global Washington Accord, before the degree can be awarded, the student must complete at least 3 months of on the job work experience in an engineering firm. Similar systems are present in South Africa and are overseen by the Engineering Council of South Africa
3. Mitch Altman – He is also Chief Scientist and CEO of Cornfield Electronics. Altman grew up in Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois, after kindergarten his family moved to Highland Park, Illinois. Altman graduated from Deerfield High School in 1975, Altman is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he earned an undergraduate degree and a masters degree in electrical engineering. While at the University of Illinois, Altman co-organized the first Hash Wednesday in Champaign-Urbana in 1977, Altman moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986 to work in Silicon Valley. Altman was a developer of Virtual Reality technologies, working at VPL Research with Jaron Lanier. Altman left VPL Research in protest when it accepted contracts with the United States Department of Defense, Altman co-founded Silicon Valley start-up 3ware in February 1997 with J. Peter Herz and Jim MacDonald. Altman started Cornfield Electronics as a consulting company, after the launch of TV-B-Gone Altman gave the company the tagline We make Useful Electronics for a Better World. In 2004 Altman released a universal remote control called TV-B-Gone. Altman used money from the sale of 3ware to pay for the manufacture of the first 20,000 units of TV-B-Gone, by February 2014, he was reported to have sold more than 500,000 units. He is currently selling the TV-B-Gone generation 4 and he also invented a new product called the TV-B-Gone SHP. Mitch Altman is an important figure in the international hackerspace and maker movements, in October 2008 he co-founded Noisebridge, which was probably the third hackerspace formed in the US. Mitch Altman on Reddit, July 29th,2012
4. Anita Borg – Anita Borg was an American computer scientist. She founded the Institute for Women and Technology and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and she was born Anita Borg Naffz in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Palatine, Illinois, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Borg got her first programming job in 1969. Although she loved math while growing up, she did not originally intend to go into computer science and she earned a doctorate in computer science from New York University in 1981. Her dissertation was on operating system synchronization efficiency, Borg spent four years building a fault tolerant Unix-based operating system, first for Auragen Systems Corp. of New Jersey and then with Nixdorf Computer in Germany. In 1986, she working for Digital Equipment Corporation, where she spent 12 years. While at Digital Equipment, she developed and patented a method for generating complete address traces for analyzing and designing high-speed memory systems and her experience running the ever-expanding Systers mailing list, which she founded in 1987, led her to work in email communication. As a consultant engineer in the Network Systems Laboratory under Brian Reid, she developed MECCA, in 1997, Borg left Digital Equipment Corporation and began working as a researcher in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Xerox PARC. Soon after starting at Xerox, she founded the Institute for Women and Technology, Borg passionately believed in working for greater representation of technical women. Her goal was to have 50% representation for women in computing by 2020 and she strove for technical fields to be places where women would be equally represented at all levels of the pipeline, and where women could impact, and benefit from, technology. In 1987, Borg founded Systers, the first email network for women in technology, while attending the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, she was struck by how few women were present at the conference. She and six or seven other women met in the ladies room, a dozen of the women at the conference made plans to eat lunch together, and that is where the idea for Systers was formed. Systers was established to provide a space for its members to seek input. Systers membership was limited to women with highly technical training and discussions were strictly confined to technical issues, Systers occasionally tackled issues that were not highly technical but pertained to its members. In 1994, Anita Borg and Telle Whitney founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was held in Washington, D. C. in June 1994, and brought together 500 technical women. In 1997, Borg founded the Institute for Women and Technology, two important goals behind the founding of the organization were to increase the representation of women in technical fields and to enable the creation of more technology by women. When founded, the Institute was housed at Xerox PARC, although it was an independent nonprofit organization, the Institute was created to be an experimental R&D organization focusing on increasing the impact of women on technology and increasing the impact of technology on the worlds women. It ran a variety of programs to increase the role of technology, build the pipeline of technical women, in 2002, Telle Whitney took over as President and CEO of the Institute, and in 2003, it was renamed in honor of Borg
5. Jobst Brandt – Jobst Brandt was an American mechanical engineer, inventor, bicycle enthusiast, educator, and author. Brandt was born in New York City, where his father, the family moved to Palo Alto in 1938. Jobst Brandt studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, graduating in 1958, after two years of military service in the US Army Corps of Engineers, stationed near Frankfurt, Germany, he found employment at Porsche. His subsequent employers included Hewlett Packard, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in the late 1980s and early/mid 1990s, the era of the Usenet newsgroup, Jobst Brandt was a prolific contributor to rec. bicycles. tech and other public forums. The Bicycle Wheel book by Jobst Brandt, published by Avocet Archive of rec. bicycles
6. Carl Breer – Carl Breer was an American automotive industry engineer. Along with Fred M. Zeder and Owen Skelton, he was one of the core engineering people that formed the present day Chrysler Corporation and he made material contributions to Tourist Automobile Company, Allis-Chalmers, Studebaker, and was the moving engineer behind the Chrysler AirFlow. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, Breer was born in Los Angeles, California, on 8 November 1883. His father came from a village of the Hartz Mountains in Germany, Breer was the youngest of 9 children in the family. He had 2 sisters and 6 brothers, Breer’s father was born in 1828 and his mother was born in 1840. Breer’s father was a skilled blacksmith refining his skills by traveling from village to village in Germany, at the age of 20, to avoid being selected for a three-year term in the German army, Breer’s father moved to the United States just as he was turning 21. He moved about quite a bit for the first few years while in the United States, but ultimately settled in the Los Angeles area, Breer’s mother was born in Ober-Owerisheim, Baden, Germany, located in the Black Forest. His mother and her sister moved to the United States to join an uncle who had a shipping business on the west coast of the United States. They settled also in the Los Angeles area, Breer’s father and mother married in 1863. Breer participated in the operations at his father’s blacksmith shop when he was a teenager, here he acquired journeyman blacksmith skills. When Breer was 14 years old in 1897 he was given a tour of the Los Angeles Water Works pumping plant by the chief engineer. During the tour he noticed an innovation that Fisher made – a homemade electric generator to generate electricity for light bulbs in the corners of the plant. He would often visit him at the plant on weekends and when out of school and he copied Fishers generator, using it to light his family’s home. This was Breer’s first inspiration for engineering, Breer was 17 years old in 1900 when he was inspired to build a motor-driven car. The inspiration came when he saw a Duryea car in his neighborhood and he confided in Fisher and they decided to build a steam engine for the new car, since Breers blacksmithing experience had given him some understanding of what was needed. Using Stanley Steamer designs from a magazine as a guide, he roughed-out a two-cylinder steam engine. He took the drawings and a model of the cylinder block to a foundry to be cast. When the foundry failed on several attempts to make the casting, Breer asked if he could try using their facilities —, Breer made additional parts needed for the steam engine
7. Leroy Chiao – Leroy Chiao is an American engineer, former NASA astronaut, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and engineering consultant. Chiao flew on three Space Shuttle flights, and was the commander of Expedition 10, where he lived on board the International Space Station from October 13,2004 to April 24,2005 and he is also a co-author and researcher for the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity project. Chiao was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Danville and he is the son of immigrant Chinese parents. Chiao graduated from Monte Vista High School in Danville in 1978, in 1983, he earned a B. S. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He later earned an M. S. and a Ph. D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985 and 1987, chiao’s parents were both chemical engineers who immigrated to Milwaukee from Taiwan in the late 1950s for graduate school. They wanted their children to retain their Asian values, but also chose to assimilate their son, stressing a science education, his parents encouraged him to follow their lead and become an engineer. Chiaos Aviator call sign is Shandong, upon graduation, Chiao joined the Hexcel Corporation in Dublin, California from 1987 to 1989. Chiao also developed and demonstrated a mechanistic model for graphite fiber. An instrument-rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2500 flight hours in a variety of aircraft, selected by NASA in January 1990, Chiao became an astronaut in July 1991. He qualified for assignment as a mission specialist. Chiao also served as Chief of the Astronaut Office EVA Branch, a veteran of four space flights, Chiao flew as a mission specialist on STS-65 in 1994, STS-72 in 1996 and STS-92 in 2000. Chiao had logged over 36 days and 12.5 hours in space, including over 26 EVA hours in four space walks, in addition to being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Chiao learned Russian as part of the International Space Station program. McDonald’s presented Chiao with a Big Mac and French Fries at their branch in Star City as one of his first meals since returning to Earth after his ISS assignment. Among the souvenirs he brought into space in his previous space flights were a Chinese flag, Chiao was the inadvertent developer of the procedure to use the IRED to excite the solar arrays of the ISS. During an exercise session of squats on the ISS, Chiao sent a vibration through the station that caused the solar arrays to ripple – a low amplitude frequency response. When Chiao did this, the response from Mission Control was knock it off, an eventual unplanned spacewalk during the same shuttle mission managed to finally retract the array. Chiao left NASA in December 2005 to pursue employment in the private sector, STS-65 Columbia launched from and returned to land at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, setting a new flight duration record for the Space Shuttle program at that time. The STS-65 mission flew the second International Microgravity Laboratory, during the 15-day flight the seven-member crew conducted more than 80 experiments focusing on materials and life sciences research in microgravity
8. Gordon Cooper – Leroy Gordon Gordo Cooper Jr. Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission, in 1965, Cooper flew as Command Pilot of Gemini 5. Cooper was born on March 6,1927, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to parents Leroy Gordon Cooper Sr. and he was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Cooper attended Jefferson Elementary School and Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma and he moved to Murray, Kentucky, about two months before graduating with his class in 1945 when his father, Leroy Cooper Sr. a World War I veteran, was called back into service. He graduated from Murray High School in 1945, after he learned that the Army and Navy flying schools were not taking any candidates the year he graduated from high school, he decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Cooper left for MCRD Parris Island as soon as he graduated, however, World War II had ended before he could get into combat. He was assigned then to the Naval Academy Preparatory School and was an alternate for an appointment to Annapolis, the man who was the primary appointee made the grade so Cooper was reassigned in the Marines on guard duty in Washington, D. C. He was serving with the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington when he was released from duty along with other Marine reservists, following his discharge from the Marine Corps, he went to Hawaii to live with his parents. His father was assigned to Hickam Field at the time and he started attending the University of Hawaii, and there he met his first wife, the former Trudy B. Olson of Seattle, Washington. She was quite active in flying, the only Mercury wife to have a pilots license and they were married on August 29,1947 in Honolulu when Gordon was 20. They continued to live there for two years while he continued his university studies. Cooper transferred his commission to the United States Air Force in 1949, was placed on duty and received flight training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas and Williams AFB. Coopers first flight assignment came in 1950 at Landstuhl Air Base, West Germany and he later became flight commander of the 525th Fighter Bomber Squadron. While in Germany, he attended the European Extension of the University of Maryland. Returning to the United States in 1954, he studied for two years at the U. S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, and he corrected several deficiencies in the F-106, saving the U. S. Air Force a great deal of money. Cooper logged more than 7,000 hours of flight time and he flew all types of commercial and general aviation airplanes and helicopters. While at Edwards, Cooper was intrigued to read an announcement saying that a contract had been awarded to McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri, to build a space capsule. Shortly after this he was called to Washington, D. C. for a NASA briefing on Project Mercury, Cooper went through the selection process with the other 109 pilots and was not surprised when he was accepted as the youngest of the first seven American astronauts
9. Carl Countryman – Carl Countryman was President and Chief Engineer of Countryman & Associates of Menlo Park, California. He died on October 20,2006, Countryman was most recognized for designing a number of complex and effective microphones for performance. He is best known for the E6 earset and Type 85 Direct Box and his work was nominated for the 2002 National Association of Music Merchants Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. Countryman engineered a number of devices that enabled the multimedia and psychedelic art scenes of the 1960s and 1970s, multimedia artist Tony Martin cited Countrymans custom electronics as key to his cybernetic feedback art in the 1960s. Countrymans electronics coupled photosensors, microphones, and other electronics in two briefcases Martin could use as he staged shows in different cities, Martin cites Countrymans electronic innovations as crucial to his art. In the early 1970s, his piano pickups enabled the Grateful Dead musician Keith Godchaux to use Steinway grand pianos as part of their famous Wall of Sound. The pickups worked similarly to condenser mics, allowing the musicians to produce truly brilliant sound compared to microphone amplification, the pickup technology used the piano string itself as part of the circuit. The technology, developed for the Grateful Dead, became a part of musical performers rigs. Other custom amplification included a clavichord pickup built for keyboardist Jim Lowe
10. Dan Dugan (audio engineer) – Dan Dugan is an American audio engineer, inventor, and nature sounds recordist. He was the first person in regional theatre to be called a designer, and he developed the first effective automatic microphone mixer. Dugans sound design work was acknowledged in 2003 with a Distinguished Career Award by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, in his youth, Dugan was fascinated by the technical aspects of theatre. He worked as a lighting designer then transitioned to sound design in 1967, Dugan became interested in achieving the automatic adjustment of sound controls after a frustrating experience staging the musical Hair. His first automixer design was not fully practical but his design was successful. Dugan devised an improvement which helped prevent audio feedback in the presence of sound reinforcement loudspeakers. Dugan next produced a design that could be inserted into an existing mixing console. This proved popular for broadcast and live sound applications, each of Dugans subsequent automixer models has been of the insertable type. Dugan first recorded sounds in the late 1960s to augment his sound designs and he continued making recordings, concentrating on capturing the sounds of nature. Dugan records outdoors in a variety of locations including national parks and he has assisted in research related to the harmful effects of human-generated sound in nature. Dugan is a co-founder and current secretary of People for Legal and Nonsectarian Schools, a California non-profit organization incorporated in 1997. Daniel W. Dugan was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 20,1943, after his father, U. S. Navy Commander P. F. Dugan, had been activated for service in the Pacific War. Dan Dugan was raised in San Diego where his parents took him to the Old Globe Theatre, Dugan obtained a four-year scholarship to the University of San Francisco and majored in physics and math. He dropped out in 1963 to pursue stagecraft, specifically lighting design and his early lighting designs include ones for the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival at the Old Globe Theatre, the San Diego Opera, and the Actors Workshop in San Francisco. Dugan changed from lighting design to design in 1967. The state of design at the time was mostly occasional sound effects performed live or played back on record players or tape machines. Dugans first efforts in sound involved designing sound solutions for the Shakespeare festival in San Diego, Dugans complex and atmospheric theatrical soundscapes led to a new title, during ACTs 1968–69 season, he was the first regional theatre person to be called a sound designer. He presented a paper about his design to the Audio Engineering Society at their 37th convention
11. John Samuel Eastwood – John Samuel Eastwood was an American engineer who built the worlds first reinforced concrete multiple-arch dam on bedrock foundation at Hume Lake, California, in 1908. Eastwoods papers are held at the Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, in 1883, he moved to Fresno, California and established an office as civil engineer and surveyor. He became Fresnos first City Engineer in 1885, but apparently was not well suited for office–bureaucratic life, for the remainder of his career he focused on work within the private sector or as a consulting engineer. Early in 1895, he became engineer of the San Joaquin Electric Company. Shortly thereafter, Eastwood became engaged with the Pacific Light and Power Company as engineer in charge of designing a large project on the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. This has since known as the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project. The Pacific Light and Power Company was controlled by the famous financier, Eastwood had great hopes for the Big Creek project, and he planned it to include storage dams to ensure that a drought could not stop its power production. Although Big Creek was for the most part designed prior to 1907, in 1908, while waiting for work on Big Creek to begin, he designed and built the Hume Lake Dam for the Hume-Bennett Lumber Company. This structure is located in the Sierra Nevada about forty-five miles south of Big Creek, the first of its kind, its completion in 1909 demonstrated the practicality of the multiple-arch design. Shortly thereafter, Eastwood received the contract for the design of a dam to supersede the 1884 Big Bear Valley Arch Dam near San Bernardino in Southern California. Unable to pay the assessment on his stock, Eastwood was forced to relinquish his stake in the PL&P Corporation, in the early 20th century, Salt Lake City regularly experienced severe water shortages in mid-winter and late summer. Earlier, Eastwood had built four dams in California and his reputation as dam designer was growing and he was not an armchair engineer, and he spent much of his life in the field working on practical problems of water control. He worked as an engineer until the end of his life. The Eastwood powerhouse at Shaver Lake, California was named after him, built in 1987, the 200 MW pumped storage hydroelectric plant is located underground and was carved out of solid granite. Eastwood designed seventeen dams in his career, one in Utah, one in Arizona, one in British Columbia, Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West, Donald C. Jackson, University Press of Kansas,1996 ISBN 0-7006-0716-1
12. Charles Geschke – Charles M. Chuck Geschke is an American businessman. He is best known as the 1982 co-founder with John Warnock of Adobe Systems Inc. the graphics and publishing software company. Geschke attended Saint Ignatius High School, and earned a BA in classics and he taught mathematics at John Carroll University from 1963 to 1968. Prior to co-founding Adobe, Geschke and Warnock worked at Xeroxs Palo Alto Research Center, Geschke had started there in the early 1970s. Geschke formed and headed PARCs Imaging Sciences Laboratory in 1978 where he directed research activities in the fields of science, graphics, image processing. Unable to convince Xerox management of the value of Warnocks InterPress graphics language for controlling printing. PostScript was marketable as it was machine-independent and extremely flexible, from December 1986 until July 1994 Geschke was Adobes Chief Operating Officer, and from April 1989 until April 2000 he was the companys president. Geschke retired as president of Adobe in 2000, shortly before his partner Warnock left as CEO and he has served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Adobe since September 1997. Geschkes company was ranked as number 1, 069th on the Forbes Global 2000 in 2010, on the morning of May 26,1992, Geschke was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Adobe parking lot in Mountain View, California by two men as he arrived for work. He was held for four days before being recovered from a house in Hollister, on May 31, Geschke was freed when a suspect caught with $650,000 in ransom money led authorities to a bungalow hideout, according to the FBI. The two kidnappers, Mouhannad Albukhari,26, of San Jose, and Jack Sayeh,25, in 1999, Charles Geschke was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. In October 2006, Geschke, along with co-founder John Warnock received the AeA Annual Medal of Achievement Award, in 2008 he received the Computer Entrepreneur Award from the IEEE Computer Society. In 2009, he won the 2008 National Medal of Technology. Geschke serves on the boards of the San Francisco Symphony, the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, the Commonwealth Club of California, and Tableau Software. He serves on the science advisory board of Carnegie-Mellon University, the Board of the Egan Maritime Foundation. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, also, in 1995 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently, in 2010, completed his term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, in 1964, Charles Geschke married Nan, and the two are still married with children and grandchildren
13. Greg Gianforte – Greg Gianforte is an American engineer, businessman, and politician. Gianforte and his wife founded RightNow Technologies, customer-experience software company, the couple is known for their philanthropy and relationships with various Christian and conservative groups including Focus on the Family and The Heritage Foundation. Gianforte holds a B. E. in electrical engineering and an M. S. degree in computer science, Gianforte began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and was one of the engineers on AT&Ts StarLAN Network project. Gianforte co-founded Brightwork Development, a developer of network management applications and he sold the business to McAfee Associates in 1994. Gianforte went on to serve as North American VP, where the companys North American sales operation grew from $25 million to more than $60 million in revenues in less than a year. Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies in 1997 which went public in 2004 and was sold to Oracle Corporation for $1.5 billion in 2011, before the sale, RightNow Technologies employed about 500 people at its headquarters in Bozeman, Montana and over 1000 people in total. Gianforte is a member of FICO and chair of the board at Petra Academy. Gianforte was chosen as the 2014 graduation commencement speaker at Montana Tech, the choice of speaker resulted in a protest by students and faculty critical of Gianfortes financial support of a museum promoting young Earth creationism and his opposition to same-sex marriage. Gianfortes personal foundation has ties to groups such as the Heritage Foundation. On January 20,2016, Gianforte announced his candidacy for the Republican Partys nomination for Governor of Montana in the 2016 election, however, he had a political practices complaint filed against him after he allegedly started campaigning before registering. Gianforte ran on a platform that he believed would create a high wage economy in Montana, in a campaign speech that year, Gianforte stated that Facebook had passed over Montana for a call center because of that states business equipment tax. Facebooks spokesman Andy Stone said later that no discussions with Gianforte took place, steve Bullock, the incumbent Democratic governor, defeated Gianforte in the November general election, 50%–46%. On March 1,2017, Republican U. S, representative Ryan Zinke of Montanas at-large congressional district resigned his seat following his confirmation by the United States Senate as United States Secretary of the Interior. Governor Bullock set an election to finish Zinkes term for May 25 that same day. Gianforte had already announced his intention to seek the seat on January 25, prior to Zinkes confirmation, at a March 6 convention, the Republican Party selected Gianforte as their nominee. He will face Democratic musician and former Montana Arts Council member Rob Quist in the general election, in 2006, Gianforte and his wife founded the Gianforte Family Foundation. He, his wife, and his son are the three board members. In 2009, the Gianforte Family Foundation helped fund the $1.5 million creationist dinosaur museum in Glendive, Gianforte received an honorary doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology and gave the commencement speech in 2012
14. William Gorham (engineer) – William Reagan Gorham was an American automobile engineer who emigrated to Japan. In David Halberstams 1986 book The Reckoning, Halberstam states, In terms of technology, Gorham was the founder of the Nissan Motor Company and that In 1983, sixty-five years after arrival. Young Nissan engineers who had never met him spoke of him as a god and could describe in detail his years at the company and his many inventions. Gorham was born in San Francisco, California in 1888 to William J. Gorham and he accompanied his father on business trips to Japan in his youth, and after graduating from Heald College founded Gorham Engineering in San Francisco with his father in 1911. The companys products included hot bulb engines, fire pumps, Gorham moved to Japan with his wife and children in 1918 during World War I. He was initially interested in the industry, but after a year without success shifted his attentions to the automotive industry. At the time, the only two mass-production Japanese automobile manufacturers were Isuzu, and Kaishinsha, founded by Matsujiro Hashimoto, kubota hired Gorham as chief designer, with Gorham designing the vehicles and setting up the manufacturing plants for Gorhams three-wheeled automobile. Jitsuyo Jidōsha and Kaishinsha would later be merged into a predecessor of the Nissan Motor Company, in May 1941, Gorham and his wife renounced U. S. citizenship and naturalised as Japanese citizens. They apparently chose to do this so that they could remain in Japan, during World War II, Gorham continued his engineering work at Hitachi, focusing on multicut lathes and jet engines. Gorham died in 1949 with Mitarai at his bedside, Gorham was married and had two sons, William Jr. and Don Cyril. He later worked for the Otis Elevator Company, and died in 2003, Don was born in Oakland as well in 1918, but attended Tokyo Imperial University after high school and graduated in 1941 with a degree in Japanese language and literature. On the urging of his father, he moved to Washington, D. C. before war with Japan began
15. Gene Haas – Eugene Gene Francis Haas is founder, president, and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, a CNC machine tool manufacturer. He also has a presence in motorsports, having founded NASCAR team Haas CNC Racing, Haas graduated from California State University Northridge in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. He originally majored in engineering but switched to business after Lockheed nearly went bankrupt, ironically, after graduation he was unable to find employment in business that paid more than what he was earning at his summer machine shop job. So, for the few years he worked as a machinist. In 1978, he opened Pro-turn Engineering, a machine shop with two employees, Tony Cortez and Abel Bugarin. In 1980, Haas noticed that it took Bugarin a long time to position an indexer. Haas thought building his own indexer with a motor drive would make his shop more efficient. He built one for himself and few more for other machine shops, in March 1983, he displayed his indexer at WESTEC. After seeing the reaction of attendees, he decided to form Haas Automation to mass-produce them. His first commercial product, the HBI-5C, sold well because it was programmable, in 1986, Haas and a partner were awarded a US Patent for their invention. In 1988 Haas started production on a fully enclosed CNC machining center priced well below the competition, some believed Haas copied or reverse engineered this machine but at the time existing machines were so hard to use that Haas used them as an example of what not to do. Over time, Haas machine tools became extremely popular, mostly because they are simple, very affordable, by 1996, Haas had outgrown its facilities in Chatsworth, California and began a search that ultimately brought it to Oxnard, California. In March 1997, the move was completed into the Oxnard factory, by 2005, the factory had been expanded to 1,000,000 square feet. Haas Automation is now the largest machine tool manufacturer in the US, sales for 2008 reached a record reportedly just under $1 billion worldwide. In 2002, Haas formed a new NASCAR race team, Haas CNC Racing, the first entry for the new team was September 30,2002 with driver Jack Sprague who finished 35th after a crash. The team raced only three times in 2002, by 2003 the team was running full-time with several driver changes over the season. The team won its first race in the then-Busch Series in 2004 with driver Jason Leffler, by 2006 the team had relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Kannapolis, North Carolina and was fielding a full-time two car team in the Cup Series. At the end of 2008, the team was struggling with a total 6+-year average finish of just under 27th place
16. John Hays Hammond – John Hays Hammond was a mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist. Known as the man with the Midas touch, he amassed a fortune before the age of 40. An early advocate of mining, Hammond was given complete charge of Cecil Rhodes mines in South Africa. But after the failure of the Jameson Raid, Hammond, along with the other leaders of the Johannesburg Reform Committee, was arrested. The Reform Committee leaders were released after paying fines, but like many of the leaders. He returned to the United States, became a friend of President William Howard Taft. At the same time, he continued to develop mines in Mexico and California and, in 1923 and his son, John Hays Hammond, Jr. patented over 400 inventions, and is widely regarded as the father of radio control. Hammond was the son of Major Richard Pindell Hammond, a West Point graduate who fought in the Mexican War, Sarah was sister to Captain John Coffee Hays of the Texas Rangers, and had formerly been married to Calvin Lea. The family moved in 1849 to California to prospect in the California gold rush, Hammond took his first mining job as a special expert for the US Geological Survey 1879-1880 in Washington, DC. He returned to California in 1881 to work for Senator Hearst, in 1882, he was sent to hostile country in Mexico, near Sonora, to become superintendent of Minas Neuvas. When a revolution broken out, Hammond barricaded his family in a small house, from 1884-1893, Hammond worked in San Francisco as a consulting engineer for Union Iron Works, Central Pacific Railway and Southern Pacific Railway. In 1893, Hammond left for South Africa to investigate the mines in Transvaal for the Barnato Brothers. In 1894, he joined the British South Africa Company to work with Cecil Rhodes and opened mines in the Rand, in 1895, he was managing Rhodes property in Transvaal, with headquarters at Johannesburg, South Africa. An early advocate of mining, Hammond was given complete charge of Rhodes gold and diamond mines. While working for Rhodes, he made his reputation as an engineer. He continued to work for Rhodes until 1899, but events in Africa would go on to change Hammonds life forever, when Hammond arrived in the Transvaal, the political situation was tense. The gold rush had brought in a foreign population of workers, chiefly British and American. These immigrants, manipulated by Rhodes, formed a Reform Committee headed by Colonel Frank Rhodes, Hammond, shortly thereafter, the Boer government arrested Hammond and most of members of the Reform Committee and kept them in deplorable conditions
17. Herbert Hoover – Herbert Clark Hoover was an American politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression. He was defeated in a landslide in 1932 by Democrat Franklin D, a lifelong Quaker, he became a successful mining engineer around the globe and retired in 1912. In the First World War he built a reputation as a humanitarian by leading relief efforts in Belgium during the war. He headed the U. S. Food Administration during World War I and his reputation as a Progressive businessman fighting for efficiency and elimination of waste was built as the Secretary of Commerce 1921-28. Hoover was a leader in the Efficiency Movement, which held that every institution public and they all could be improved by experts who could identify the problems and solve them. He also believed in the importance of volunteerism and of the role of individuals in society, in the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no elected-office experience. Although Hoover never raised the issue, some of his supporters did in mobilizing anti-Catholic sentiment against his opponent Al Smith. He reluctantly approved the Smoot–Hawley Tariff of 1930, which sent foreign trade spiralling down and he believed it was essential to balance the budget despite falling tax revenue, so he raised the tax rates. The economy kept falling, and the unemployment rate rose to 25%, with industry, mining. This downward spiral, plus his support for policies that had lost favor, set the stage for Hoovers overwhelming defeat in 1932 by Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt. Most historians agree that Hoovers defeat in the 1932 election was caused primarily by the downward economic spiral, Hoover became a conservative spokesman for opposition to the domestic and foreign policies of the New Deal. He opposed entry into the Second World War and was not given any role to play, in 1946, President Harry S. Truman liked Hoover and appointed him to survey war-torn Germany which produced a number of reports that changed U. S. occupation policy. In 1947, Truman appointed Hoover to head the Hoover Commission, by the time of his death, he had rehabilitated his image. Nevertheless, Hoover is often ranked by historians as one of the worst U. S. presidents. Herbert Hoover was born on August 10,1874, in West Branch, Iowa, he would become the only President so far born in that state and the first born west of the Mississippi River. His father, Jesse Hoover, was a blacksmith and farm implement store owner, of German, German-Swiss, Jesse Hoover and his father Eli had moved to Iowa from Ohio twenty years previously. Hoovers mother, Hulda Randall Minthorn, was born in Norwich, Ontario, Canada, both of his parents were Quakers. At about age two he contracted the croup and he was so ill that he was momentarily thought to have died, until he was resuscitated by his uncle, John Minthorn
18. Ben Horowitz – Benjamin Abraham Ben Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder and general partner along with Marc Andreessen of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He co-founded and served as president and chief officer of the enterprise software company Opsware. Horowitz is the author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, in the book, published on March 4,2014 by HarperCollins, Horowitz offers advice on building and running a startup. Horowitz earned a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1988, after UCLA, he began his career as an engineer at Silicon Graphics in 1990. In 1995, Horowitz joined Marc Andreessen at Netscape as a project manager, from 1997 to 1998, Horowitz was vice president for the Directory and Security Product Line at Netscape. After Netscape was acquired by AOL in 1998, Horowitz served as Vice President of AOL’s eCommerce Division, in September 1999, Horowitz cofounded Loudcloud with Marc Andreessen, Tim Howes, and In Sik Rhee. Loudcloud offered infrastructure and application hosting services to enterprise and Internet customers such as Ford Motor Company, Nike, gannett Company, News Corporation, the United States Army and other large organizations. Horowitz took Loudcloud public on March 9,2001, in June 2002, Horowitz began a transformation of Loudcloud into Opsware, an enterprise software company. He took the first step by selling Loudclouds core managed services business to Electronic Data Systems for $63.5 million in cash and this transaction transferred 100% of Loudclouds revenue to EDS while the company was publicly traded on NASDAQ. Beginning with EDS as its first enterprise software customer, Horowitz grew Opsware to hundreds of customers, over $100 million in annual revenue. In July 2007, Horowitz sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in cash, Horowitz was Loudcloud’s and Opsware’s President and Chief Executive Officer for the entire history of the company. Along the way, shares of Opsware IPOed at $6, sank to $0.35 per share at its nadir, on July 6,2009, Horowitz and Andreessen launched Andreessen Horowitz, to invest in and advise both early-stage startups and more established growth companies in high technology. Andreessen Horowitz began with a capitalization of $300 million and within three years had $2.7 billion under management across three funds. Andreessen Horowitz has invested in over 150 companies in mobile, gaming, social media, ecommerce, education, the firms in which Andreessen Horowitz has invested include Facebook, Foursquare, GitHub, Pinterest, and Twitter. On September 1,2009, a group including Andreessen Horowitz announced it had acquired a majority stake in Skype for $2.75 billion. The deal paid off when Skype was sold to Microsoft in May 2011 for $8.5 billion, Andreessen and Horowitz made personal investments in headset maker Jawbone in 2006, the firm announced a $49 million investment in Jawbone in March 2011. The blog is particularly noted for its persistent use of rap lyrics to complement its business advice, Horowitzs book The Hard Thing About Hard Things is based on his blog posts
19. Howard Hughes – Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was an American businessman, investor, pilot, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first made a name for himself as a film producer, later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle, oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder and chronic pain from a plane crash. As a maverick film tycoon, Hughes gained prominence in Hollywood beginning in the late 1920s, when he made big-budget and often controversial films like The Racket, Hells Angels, later he controlled the RKO film studio. Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, hiring numerous engineers and designers and he spent the rest of the 1930s setting multiple world air speed records and building the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 Hercules. He acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines and later acquired Air West, Hughes was included in Flying Magazines list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation, ranked at No.25. Today, his legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the birthplace of Howard Hughes is recorded as either Humble or Houston, Texas. The date remains uncertain due to conflicting dates from various sources and he repeatedly claimed that his birthday was on Christmas Eve. A1941 affidavit birth certificate of Hughes that was signed by his aunt Annette Gano Lummis and Estelle Boughton Sharp states that he was born on December 24,1905, in Harris County, Texas. Hughes was the son of Allene Stone Gano and Howard R. Hughes Sr. a successful inventor and he was of English, and some French Huguenot, ancestry, and was a descendant of John Gano, a minister who allegedly baptized George Washington. His father had patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places, the senior Hughes made the shrewd and lucrative decision to commercialize the invention by leasing the bits instead of selling them, and founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1909. Hughes uncle was the famed novelist, screenwriter, and film director Rupert Hughes, at a young age, Hughes demonstrated interest in science and technology. In particular, he had great engineering aptitude and built Houstons first wireless radio transmitter at age 11 and he went on to be one of the first licensed ham radio operators in Houston, having the assigned callsign W5CY. At 12, Hughes was photographed in the newspaper, identified as being the first boy in Houston to have a motorized bicycle. He was an indifferent student, with a liking for mathematics, flying and he took his first flying lesson at 14, and later attended math and aeronautical engineering courses at Caltech. The red brick house where Hughes lived as a teenager at 3921 Yoakum St. Houston today serves as the headquarters of the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas and his mother Allene died in March 1922 from complications of an ectopic pregnancy. Howard Hughes Sr. died of an attack in 1924. Their deaths apparently inspired Hughes to include the creation of a research laboratory in the will that he signed in 1925 at age 19. Howard Sr. s will had not been updated since Allenes death, on his 19th birthday, Hughes was declared an emancipated minor, enabling him to take full control of his life