Course NumberPM-04-105
PDH Hours4
America's Greatest Projects and Their Engineers II

America’s Greatest Projects and Their Engineers II

Author: Dominic Perrotta

Following the end of the first World War (“The War to End All Wars”), America began to experience a measure of great prosperity that was suddenly interrupted by a lengthy period known as The Great Depression. During that period Adolph Hitler initiated World War II, with his threat to purge certain races, to annihilate whole countries, and to create a massive weapon that would control all of mankind. But the engineers and scientists of the United States were prepared to meet his challenge. This second in a series of America’s Greatest Projects and Their Engineers emphasizes our government’s role in initiating the Manhattan Project, and highlights the assembly of military personnel, engineers, and scientists to perform a task that many believed was impossible.

This course describes the efforts and determination of the American people (many voluntarily) who achieved a remarkable, although somewhat controversial, outcome in such a short period of time. Americans were asked to step out of their comfort zones and to develop a system that might prove to be controversial, but that would be responsible for preserving the world’s dignity and rationale. Such were the lessons that came from the Manhattan Project, our latest course that discusses the basic concepts of modern engineering.

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Get a behind-the-scenes account of great project development and management.
  • See how the U. S. Government brought together scientists, engineers, and contractors.
  • Understand the enormous pressure that confronted the military, engineering, and scientific personnel.
  • Learn how engineers, working with physicists and other scientists, coped with an unknown technology and very few references.
  • Acknowledge the role that the U. S. Military played in the approval and development of one of the world’s most well-known projects, as well as its ultimate success.
  • Learn the strategies used by the various military leaders and project managers to achieve the desired results.
  • Envision the techniques used by engineers and project managers as they converted from scientific research labs to the actual making of bombs.
  • Find out once and for all who pushed the “Big Red Button” and decided to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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