While no list can be all-inclusive, the following is a start on the different types of engineers that work in the field.
Aerospace engineers – design, analyze, produce and, occasionally, install components that make up aircraft, spacecraft, high-altitude vehicles and missiles
Chemical engineers – work in different areas of industry to turn recent advances in chemistry into products
Civil engineers – create cities and design, plan, and build roads, bridges, buildings and other types of infrastructure.
Computer engineers – work with computer systems to help companies maintain their computer networks and help determine what technical direction they should take.
Control systems engineers
Electrical engineers – design chips for VCRs, stereos, radios and other electronic products; and work with quantum electronics, acoustics, signal processing and ferroelectrics.
Industrial engineers – work with companies to determine how they should best allocate their resources (A large percent of industrial engineers work with manufacturing companies and specialize in a specific area.)
Materials engineers – design new materials and new processes for making materials; also select and apply existing materials to solve design problems
Nuclear engineers – work to optimize the output of nuclear plants and in atomic research facilities
Robotics engineers – design and make robots, as well as develop new uses and abilities for robots
Structural engineers – ensure that buildings and other structures are safe and meet the required codes
Transportation engineers – plan, design and upgrade streets, highways, railroads, airports and other transit and transportation systems.
Some famous engineers you might know are:
- Scott Adams - Creater of Dilbert
- Leonardo Da Vinci - Inventor and Artist
- Thomas Edison - Inventor
- Bonnie Dunbar and Neil Armstrong - Astronauts
For more information about famous engineers and engineering visit: ASEE Famous Engineers.