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How Electrical Engineering has Changed the World

23 October 2017

This week marks two landmark moments in electrical engineering history.

October 21, marks the day Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb and October 23 is the anniversary of the day Apple unveiled the first iPod.

These two technologies alone have forever shaped our lives, highlighting the immense impact electrical engineering has had on the world.

From light bulbs and television to cell phones and GPS, modern advances in electrical engineering have illuminated, informed and connected the world. But did you know electrical engineering can be traced back to long before Thomas Edison?

The Dynamo was developed in 1831 and it was the first electrical generator. This was a major first step in electrical engineering. The lightbulb was developed a few years later in 1878. From there, electrical engineering developed quickly. From 1878 to 1979, technologies like motors, TV, computers, microprocessors and satellites were developed. These are all major parts of our daily lives. From the 90s to today, more complicated technologies were developed, like optical fibers, smartphones, Wi-Fi and space exploration. Electrical engineering is important now and is growing more important every day.

With new technologies developing, like the flexible smartphone and holographic displays, electrical engineering is a growing industry.

To learn more about the many ways electrical engineering has shaped society for thousands of years and what the future of electrical engineering will implement into society, check out the graphic created by Ohio University’s Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program.

To contact the author of this article, email Siobhan.Treacy@ieeeglobalspec.com


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