Special Report: Engineering Heroes 2015

Turns out, there are plenty of extraordinary engineers. You just need to look for them.

engineering super heroLast July, IEEE Spectrum challenged readers to identify today’s unsung engineering heroes—those worthy engineers who are making a difference in the world and yet have not received the recognition they deserve. As author G. Pascal Zachary noted, engineering suffers an unusual lack of such heroes. The hero deficit is “bad for engineering,” he added, “because it diminishes the enterprise in the eyes of the public, and it constricts the flow of talent into the field.”

We were therefore delighted with the outpouring of reader suggestions, and here we profile eight of them. Each of these exceptional people saw a glaring need, whether it be with public health or education or the environment, and then applied his or her considerable skills and expertise to engineer a solution.