Control engineering and the professional societies

Bissell, Chris (2009). Control engineering and the professional societies. In: IEEE 2009 Conference of the History of Technical Societies, 5-7 Aug 2009, Philadelphia, PA.



By the time control engineering emerged as a coherent body of knowledge and practice (during and just after WW2) professional engineering societies had existed for many decades. Since control engineering is an interdisciplinary branch of the profession, new sections devoted to control were quickly established within the various existing technical societies. In addition, some new bodies devoted specifically or primarily to control were established. This brief paper will present in outline the history of how control engineering as a distinct branch of engineering became represented in technical societies – or their equivalent – in the USA, UK, USSR, Germany and France.

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