Engineers Week Banquet

February 27, 1998

Dr. J. Paul Hartman, University of Central Florida
"Art and Engineering"

6:00 p.m. Social
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Program and Awards Presentations

Holiday Inn, Cocoa Beach

Reservations must be made by February 24, 1998
Price: $20.00 per person or $200 for corporate table of 8
Meal Selection: Beef Bordelaise or Chicken Kiev
Contact the CCTS Office: Phone 868-1623 or FAX: 783-5579

Topic Description
The bridge between art and engineering is shorter than many realize. Artist-engineers such as Fulton and Morse illustrate clear links. Other links, however, include the depiction of technology in a variety of artistic expression. Such expression can vary from the realistic to the impressionistic, from the precisionist to the surrealist. Since early artisans and craftsmen were not literate, their works have always been an important source for historians of technology. The Medieval link between artist and engineer was clearly illustrated by the cathedrals. The Renaissance "theatres of machines" graphically illustrated major and minor engineering and technology of the time. By the nineteenth century, engineering renderings were often called the "art of the engineer," and the final product itself (a bridge, steamship, steam locomotive, building, etc.) could be technically and artistically appreciated. The twentieth century link included the industrial designer as an important player in artistic and engineering technology. Current macro- and micro- engineering projects, many of which incorporate visual imagery (holography, computer simulation, animation, virtual reality), provide clear art-engineering links. Art, in its many aspects, remains one importatnt mechanism to bridge the "two cultures" of science/technology and the humanities.

Speaker Background
Paul Hartman is a professor of Engineering and Executive Officer in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida. He is a charter faculty member, having joined Florida Technological university (FTU now UCF) in 1968. His major teaching interests are in engineering history, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, and groundwater hydrology.

Degrees: undergraduate - Principia College (IL) and Washington University (St. Louis)
graduate - Harvard University and University of Florida

Work Experience: He has taught in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, worked for Ardman and Assoc., and worked for Martin-Marietta (Orlando).

Associations: He is a former Fellow Member of ASME, ASCE and the Florida Engineering Society, and served for 15 years on the Natiuonal ASME History and Heritage Committee. He has served on the Florida National Register Review Board and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida.

Curator: Susan Hutchison
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