In 1969 Forrest Parry, an IBM engineer, had the idea to affix magnetic tape to a plastic card. Every adhesive failed. He went home frustrated. His wife was ironing when he walked in. She suggested he fuse the tape onto the card with the iron. It was a success, and the magstripe card was born.
In Paris in 1910, engineers had to freeze the Seine river along 64 meters to dig the tunnel for the subway going underneath it.
A man born without hands became an engineer for NASCAR’s most winning organization. He operates a keyboard and mouse with his feet to design body and chassis components.
In 1956 Soviets proposed a joint project to build a dam across Bering Strait in order to warm the Arctic Ocean but it wasn’t found practicable by the US.
In the 1920s there was a plan to build a dam across the Strait of Gibraltar. If it were built, the dam would have partially drained the Mediterranean Sea, creating more habitable and arable land for people of southern Europe and northern Africa.
Engineers from Canada wear an Iron Ring given to them in a ceremony designed by Rudyard Kipling.