Engineering and Technology History Wiki

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The Engineering and Technology History Wiki (ETHW) is a MediaWiki-based website dedicated to the history of technology.[1] It started operating in 2015. It consists of articles, first-hand accounts, oral histories, landmarks and milestones.[2]

A partnership between the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) and its member engineering organizations ASCE, AIME, AIChE, ASME, IEEE as well as the Society of Woman Engineers is developing the ETHW as a central repository for the documentation, analysis and explanation of the history of technology.[3]


Originally, the United Engineering Foundation had made a grant to develop an engineering intersociety web platform as a central historical repository.[4] Initially, the work was mainly done at the IEEE History Center,[5] annexed to the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.[6] The ETHW became successor to the former IEEE Global History Network (IEEE GHN), which operated from 2008 to 2014.[7] At the beginning, most content was related to electrical, electronics and computer engineering. As the fields of civil engineering, mining, metallurgical and petroleum engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering are covered by members of the respective organizations now, ETHW is becoming a global record for preserving knowledge of the history of technological innovation in a broad sense. It differs from other online sources, as personal accounts of technical innovators as primary sources are made available to the public. After its start as a common platform for several engineering societies, the Society of Woman Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers have contributed new content as well.[8][9]

In 2017, a Timeline was added showing the most important events of engineering on a time axis.

As of 2018, ETHW included thousands of wiki entries, and recorded over 800 oral histories.[10]



This sector includes articles about significant technological achievement (the former STARS articles of IEEE GHN), topic articles as an introduction to important technologies and their evolution, biographies and accounts of the history of engineering societies.

Oral histories[edit]

Interviews were conducted with important personalities in the fields of interest. Over 800 transcripts of such interviews, dating back as far as the 1960s, are accessible.

First-hand histories[edit]

ETHW offers engineers, scientists and inventors the unique opportunity to publish their own professional experiences as first-hand accounts on this website. First-hand histories of teams working together in the same field are also welcomed. A wide range of First-hand histories, many written before ETHW was started, are incorporated in this section of the ETHW and can be accessed.

Landmarks and milestones[edit]

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has established a List of Landmarks including outstanding monuments and buildings.

In 1984 IEEE started recognizing IEEE Milestones to honor exceptional achievements in the fields of electrical, electronic and computer engineering. Information on how to submit an additional IEEE Milestones can be found on a special website.[11]

There is also a collection of Landmarks chosen by ASME as mechanical engineering highlights.[12]


This archive includes publications, audio and video records as well as document collections bequeathed to this organization.


To help pre-university teachers plan social studies courses in Science, Technology and Society as defined by a Standards Task Force of the NCSS, ETHW provides lesson plans for a series of suitable topics.[13]


  1. ^ November, Joseph (September 2017). "Engineering and Technology History Wiki". Journal of American History. Oxford University Press. 104 (2): 575–576. doi:10.1093/jahist/jax305.
  2. ^ ETHW: The Engineering and Technology History Wiki. AAPT, Physical Science Resource Center. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "New Resource Preserves Engineering and Technology History". new and noteworthy at TMS. JOM. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. 68 (5): 1271. March 2016. doi:10.1007/s11837-016-1905-2.
  4. ^ "UEF Grants 2015" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  5. ^ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE History Center
  6. ^ IEEE History Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters.
  7. ^ Brewer, Nathan (August 2015). "Wikis and public history – a case study of the IEEE Global History Network". 2015 ICOHTEC/IEEE International History of High-Technologies and their Socio-Cultural Contexts Conference (HISTELCON). IEEE. doi:10.1109/histelcon.2015.7307309.
  8. ^ Brewer, Nathan (April 6, 2015). "Unveiling the Engineering and Technology History Wiki". IEEE Insight. Archived from the original on February 13, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Holmes, Meredith (April 9, 2015), "My Brush with History", SWE Magazine, archived from the original on 2016-05-06
  10. ^ Letaief, Khaled B.; Michelson, David (December 2018). "Scanning Our Past". IEEE Communications Magazine. 56 (12): 4–5. doi:10.1109/mcom.2018.8570029.
  11. ^ IEEE Milestones
  12. ^ Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks
  13. ^ List of available lesson plans for social studies

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