Sons of Martha: Civil Engineering Readings in Modern Literature

by Augustine Fredrich, Jr., (M.ASCE), Civil Engineering Professor; University of Southern Indiana,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 5, Pg. 71-73

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: These three stories excerpted from the new book Sons of Martha, compiled by Augustine J. Fredrich and published by ASCE as the first book in a new venture by the Publications Division, introduce the engineer that oversaw the construction of Hoover Dam, some of the first women engineers and a look at the construction of a former tallest building, the Empire State Building. In I've Got to Find a Dam to Build Somewhere, Joseph E. Stevens introduces Fank Crowe, the engineer who created the image that became the stereotype of the hard-hatted construction boss at Hoover Dam. Margartet S. Peterson explains how a girl-child of the Great Depression obtained her B.S.C.E. in 1947 and went on from there to a 40-year professional career, first with the Corps of Engineers and then teaching at the University of Arizona. The third author, Joseph Gies, writes about the Empire State Building in Wonders of the Modern World just before its tallest title was lost to the World Trade Center.

Subject Headings: ASCE publications | Civil engineering | Civil engineering landmarks | Colorado | Dams | High-rise buildings | History | New York City | Women |

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