mechanical engineering history timeline
The work of James Maxwell and Heinrich Hertz in the late 19th century gave rise to the field of Electronics. The later inventions of the vacuum tube and the transistor further accelerated the development of Electronics to such an extent that electrical and electronics engineers currently outnumber their colleagues of any other Engineering specialty. 
One of diamonds: Mathematical instruments
In this blog post, we are going to talk about mechanical engineering and its evolution from beginning to now.
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Edward Miller, who became head of the department in 1911, designed the facilities for the department when the Institute moved from Boston to the “New Technology” in Cambridge, Mass., in 1916. New options during this period included engine design (1913-1925), automotive engineering (1923-1949), ordnance (1923-1924), and refrigeration, which became refrigeration and air conditioning.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering, commonly referred to as “Mech E,” was designated Course I of the six courses offered when classes began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1865. The course focused on the study of existing machinery and the principles behind their construction and operation.
I nventions don’t generally happen by accident or in a random order: science and technology progress in a very logical way, with each new discovery leading on from the last. You can see that in our mini chronology of invention, below. Please note: it’s not meant to be a complete history of everything, and it doesn’t include inventions or technologies that aren’t covered somehow, somewhere on this website . It’s really just another way to explore the articles on the site (for which there is also an A-Z index).
Thomas Newcomen builds the first practical (but stationary) steam engine.
In 1956, when Middle East Technical University (METU) was founded, the main thought was to teach the man power for technical field which was a massive need for Turkey in those years. After the provision work for the foundation of the department was completed, Chemical Engineering Department was established in the leadership of Prof. Dr. Tarık G. Somer in 1958. The foundation scope and thought of the department was explained by Prof. Dr. Tarık G. Somer in one of his speech given on November 1993:
The curriculum of the chemical engineering department was a pioneer context not only for Turkey but also for our region and most of the European region in 50’s and 60’s. Until those years, chemical engineering was considered to be a sub-discipline of chemistry program in Turkey. Even in the most countries of Europe, chemical engineering was considered as a sub-discipline of chemistry or mechanical engineering programs. However, in some parts of the world, especially in USA and UK, chemical engineering had already become a major discipline. The major concept of the chemical engineering program was to take the issues in chemistry as a basis and handle the design and operation of the chemical plants with the help of natural sciences, mathematics and economics. Chemical engineering profession was very distinct from chemistry in this respect. Moreover, chemistry basis of chemical engineering in stead of physics and special concepts such as; industrial scale chemical reactions and separation processes based on mass transfer, made chemical engineering discrepant from mechanical engineering. The founders of the METU Chemical Engineering Department noticed the development of chemical engineering as a discrete discipline right after some pioneer countries, and established the department in 1958.