Petroski, Henry

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PETROSKI, Henry. American, b. 1942. Genres: Design, Engineering. Career: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, instructor in theoretical and applied mechanics, 1966-68; University of Texas, Austin, assistant professor of engineering mechanics, 1968-74; Argonne National Laboratory, IL, mechanical engineer, analysis and safety division, 1975-80; Duke University, Durham, NC, associate professor, 1980, director of graduate studies, 1981-86, professor, 1987-92, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering, and professor of history, 1992-. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1987-88; National Humanities Center Fellow, 1987-88; Guggenheim Fellow, 1990-91; Sigma Xi National Lecturer, 1991-93; American Scientist, engineering columnist, 1991-; ASEE Prism, columnist, 2000-. Publications: To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, 1985; Beyond Engineering: Essays and Other Attempts to Figure without Equations, 1986; The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, 1990; The Evolution of Useful Things, 1992; Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering, 1994; Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spinning of America, 1995; Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing, 1996; Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering, 1997; The Book on the Bookshelf, 1999; Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer. Address: Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0287, U.S.A.