Electrical Engineering: Past and Future Essay

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines an electrical engineer as someone that “designs, develops, tests, and supervises the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment.” Electrical engineers work with but are not limited to electricity, electronics and electromagnetism (What Do Electrical Engineers Do?). These engineers can work in labs, offices or on the floor of some major industries. Electrical engineers may solve problems on a day to day basis or they might develop new technologies to benefit everyone. Typically they work and develop new projects that may include gaming systems, cars or even robots. Electrical engineers
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(Kingsford 13). Inventions such as the telegraph, the telephone, radio, television and broadcasting and radar all deal with electricity and make society the way it is today.

The Men of Electrical Science

Alessandro Volta A common measurement of electricity is a volt. Alessandro Volta was the first to understand the concept of a current. Volta had wondered why dead frogs legs twitched when they came in contact with two pieces of metal (17). Before Volta, Luigi Galvani had tested this and had come to the conclusion of “animal electricity” in the frogs nerves and muscles (17). Volta did not believe his theory. What he discovered was that the twitching resulted from the contact between the two metals and the wet frog carcass (17). Instead of frog carcass, in a different experiment he used moist pasteboard. He noticed that when more and more pasteboard was added, the current increased. Volta had created the first battery which today is called the Voltaic Pile (18). This invention was crucial because for the first time scientists were able to use something that created and sustained a surge (19). Many other inventions sparked from this including the discovery of potassium and sodium (19).

Georg Simon Ohm
Voltage equals current times resistance (Gutierrez). Anyone with a basic understanding of electricity knows that this is Ohm’s Law. But where did it originate and who is Georg Simon Ohm? Ohm was
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