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EGS102 Introduction to Engineering - Steigerwald

Inventors and Inventions

History of Engineering Assignment

EGS102 Team Project #1
History of engineering assignment:

You will learn about the history of engineering through research and reporting on it with a team of classmates. You will improve your information literacy by locating and effectively evaluating material that will help you meet the project goals. You will apply your critical thinking skills to associate your research to the material covered in class. You will apply your problem-solving skills to come up with a feasible strategy to meet the project constraints.


  • Work with your team to agree upon an engineering achievement that you can argue is one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. 
  • Work with your team to define a timeline of achievements that envelop the “greatest achievement” that you have selected. This involves scientific or engineering advances required prior to your “greatest achievement” so it could be realized as well as engineering triumphs that benefited from your “greatest achievement”. 
  • Work with your team to decide upon an engineer who is central to some part of your chosen timeline who you would like to further research and document a biography.
  • Work with your team to prepare a presentation to the class that will enhance their understanding of the history of engineering-based upon your research. It is recommended that the presentation tell the story of the engineering timeline of achievements that your team selected.
  • Use the project requirements/criteria and the grading rubrics to guide you in documenting three papers and one presentation. The three papers shall each be properly titled and all will be bound or enclosed to represent a team project. The due date will be announced.
  • Document the subject of your three papers. The due date will be announced.
  • Document a Strategy for Project Completion. (see form in handout)
  • Document Team Meetings. (see form in handout)
  • Each teammate will submit a team report card. 

Reference material - can be found using the library as discussed in library class:

   Each section of the history of engineering assignment must have at least four sources.  The textbook should be one of the sources.

  • References must include at least one book, one article, and one website.
  • Citations should be in MLA or APA format and listed on the last page of the paper.

Future of Engineering - Nanotechnology

Purpose: You will learn about the nanotechnology and nanoscience through research and evaluate how it can be applied to help some of our society’s future challenges. You will research to help you understand and report on why material properties change at the nanoscale. You will research to report on current applications of nanotechnology and promising future applications of nanotechnology. You will learn from this something about an engineer’s role in our world’s future. 


  • Individually research Nanotechnology and post three annotated bibliographies to the discussion board. 
  •  Work with your team to prepare a presentation to the class that will enhance their understanding of nanotechnology today and its potential for the future. Your presentation will share a clear message that explains:
    •  Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and how it affects engineering.
    •  How properties of materials at the nanoscale are different from the macroscale.
    •  One current application of Nanotechnology that extends your History of Engineering project timeline.
    •  One potentially future application of Nanotechnology that will extends your History of Engineering project timeline. 
  • Use Zoom to record your presentation and submit the recording. 
  • Document Team Meetings and slides in a shared Google Drive Folder. (see form in handout) 
  • Each teammate will submit a team report card. 

What is an annotated bibliography?

Rather than just listing a source, an annotated bibliography includes the citation and a description of the source and its usefulness.  Each one should include three paragraphs: a summary, an evaluation of the text, and a reflection on its applicability to his/her own research, respectively.