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New Online Exhibit

“The First Engineers: They Changed the World” exhibit, which was created to mark the 175th anniversary of civil engineering at Rensselaer, is now available for view online: The First Civil Engineers Check out my previous posts on some of the … Continue reading

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The First C.E.’s – Aaron Olmstead

Aaron Olmstead earned a B.N.S. and a C.E. degree from RPI in 1837.  He taught at private high schools for a while and then attended Yale Law School.  He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1843.  Aaron … Continue reading

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The First C.E.’s – Ezra Carr

The Class of 1838 included some rather notable alumni.  Two of them are in the Alumni Hall of Fame and several more are worthy candidates.  When I read over the accomplishments of these alums, I’m amazed at their ambition.  Ezra … Continue reading

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The First C.E.’s – Fletcher Hawley

The first civil engineering graduates pursued a variety of careers.  In addition to the obvious careers in railroad or bridge engineering, some were lawyers, some doctors, and a couple were even men of the cloth.  Fletcher Hawley was one of … Continue reading

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The First C.E.’s – Anthony Walton White Evans

The first civil engineers were travelers.  Many of them went far and wide to engage in their work.  This may not seem like a big deal in modern times, but when you think about the means of travel in the … Continue reading

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