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Who Invented That? – Brannock d...

Before 1925, the only accurate way to measure a foot was with a wooden block. Not surprisingly, that method did not work all that well and was often inconsistent. As the son of a shoemaker, Charlie Brannock grew up constantly thinking about feet. Then, as a young adult, he became fixated on figuring out an accurate way to measure them. While at Syracuse [...]

Who Invented That? – Bendable S...

In 1937, Joseph Friedman took his daughter to the local soda shop to enjoy a delicious milkshake. Since his daughter was so small and the straight paper straw stuck up so high, she had a hard time drinking her treat. Friedman, an engineer, knew he could solve this problem! He inserted a screw into the [...]

Who Invented That? – Soda Can P...

In 1959, Ernie Fraze was out on a picnic when he realized he forgot a can opener for the drinks.During this time, soda cans had to be opened the way tomato cans are today. With no tools at his disposal, he pried open the drinks with a car bumper. Not too long after, Fraze solved [...]

Seven Engineers You Might Not Know Wh...

It’s all too easy to forget how much impact engineers have on our day-to-day lives. From the time you wake up and turn on the lights to the time you take off your glasses before bed, engineers have touched essentially everything you came in contact with throughout your day. To honor these engineers and their [...]

Engineering the Perfect Pint

In recent years, the craft brewing industry in North Carolina has exploded. From the various local breweries popping up in every county, to the 144 NC beers available at the record-breaking Raleigh Beer Garden, a locally brewed pint is never too far away. In early 2017, Kris and Dana Bengtson played an integral role in [...]

The Industrial Internet of Things: Ar...

Think back 18 years ago. That’s when the movie “Smart House” was released. The idea that a house have self-locking doors and talking appliances seemed too good to ever be true. Today, technology has come so far that “smart house” is a common term used in the home building industry and Samsung just announced their [...]