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Engineering Economy Pioneers

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.263.1 - 5.263.2

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Gerald J. Thuesen

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Session 1639


Gerald J. Thuesen Georgia Institute of Technology

John C.L. Fish provided the important bridge between the pioneering effort of Arthur Wellington in his engineering economy work of the 1870’s and the first publication of the Principles of Engineering Economy in 1930 by Eugene L. Grant. The development of the field of engineering economy over this 50 year period was pivotal to the integration of economic analysis as a necessary element in engineering education. Eventually, the need for an economic perspective has become a routine part of the day-to-day engineering analysis utilized in today’s competitive world.

1870 J.C.L. Fish born on June 3, 1870 in Huron County, Ohio, near Lake Erie.

1876 Land acquired by Leland Stanford (9000 acres).

1885 Attended two terms of “prep” at Oberlin College.

1885 Stanford founded.

1886 At age 16, Fish was offered the position of sole office helper to the City Civil Engineer in Sandusky, OH. (20,000 population) by his 30 year-old cousin.

1888 Began engineering study at Cornell University.

1891 Stanford University begins operations.

1892 Graduated from the school of Civil Engineering at Cornell University.

1893 Joins Stanford University on the faculty of Civil Engineering.

1894 Published Lettering of Working Drawings, New York: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1894.

1913 Published Earth Work Haul and Overhaul Including Economic Distribution , New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1913.

1915 Published Engineering Economics First Principles , New York: McGraw Hill Book Company, Inc., 1915 (Leading text for 20 years.).

Thuesen, G. J. (2000, June), Engineering Economy Pioneers Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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