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Off the Shelf: OFF THE SHELF: ENGINEERING: Dynamic Creations


Logan Library's Staycation


Have you ever wondered who was behind the creation of the compact cassette tape? Or who invented windshield wipers? If so, you need to stop by Logan Library to check out our new exhibit "ENGINEERING: Dynamic Creations."  The online and physical exhibit will be up April 1st - May 8th

Masayuki Uemura: Nintendo Engineer who helped define the modern game console

Masayuki Uemura (上村雅之, Uemura Masayuki, 20 June 1943 – 6 December 2021) was a Japanese engineer, video game producer, and professor. He was known for his work as an employee of Nintendo from 1971 to 2004, most notably for serving as a key factor in the development of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

-Retrieved from Wikipedia



TED: To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering, by Bran Ferren, technology designer

Art and design are not luxuries, nor somehow incompatible with science and engineering. They are in fact essential to what makes us special.” -Bran Ferren

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.

Theremin: the musical instrument invented by an Engineer

Lev Termin — or León Theremin, as he was known during his tours of the West — was the Russian engineer responsible for one of the earliest and strangest electronic instruments in music history. Invented during the tumultuous years of the Russian Civil War, the theremin exemplified the era of rapid technological change that was the 1920s: rather than by plucking strings or hammering keys, a theremin player would create music by waving his or her hands in thin air as the electronics processed the motion into an eerie, wavering wail.

-Jonathan Bradley at Create: Engineering Ideas Into Reality

To read the rest of this article and learn more about other musical instruments created by engineers, check out the article "Sound as ever: Five great musical instruments invented by engineers" by Jonathan Bradley at Create: Engineering Ideas Into Reality.