1852–2002: 150 Years of Civil Engineering in the United States of America

by Francis E. Griggs, Jr., (F.ASCE),

Part of: Perspectives in Civil Engineering: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Society of Civil Engineers


On the 150th anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Civil Engineers it is important to review the growth of the profession and the country it serves. This paper introduces the major projects and people who changed the practice of civil engineering from almost an art form in the 1850s to the science that it is today. In the opinion of the writer, those included are the ones that had the greatest impact on the country. Others favoring other projects and people should prepare similar papers for the society.

Subject Headings: Professional societies | United States


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