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Marshall Brain is most widely known as the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, an award-winning website that offers clear, objective and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world around us actually works. The site sold to Discovery Communications in 2009 for $250 million.

As a well-known public speaker with the ability to deliver complex material in a way that is easily understood by audiences of all types, Brain is a regular guest on radio and TV programs nationwide. He has been featured on everything CNN and Good Morning America to The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2008 and 2009, he was the host of the National Geographic channel's Factory Floor With Marshall Brain, a series of one-hour factory tours taking the viewer on a journey into the world of product design, engineering and manufacturing.

Brain is the author of more than a dozen books as well as a number of widely known web publications including How to Make a Million Dollars, Robotic Nation and Manna. He frequently works with students at all levels to help them understand science and technology topics, entrepreneurship and how the world works.

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The Brilliance of Engineers

Marshall Brain

Engineering is where human knowledge meets real-world problems—and solves them. This talk provides a detailed look at dozens of important milestones from the various Engineering disciplines, including chemical, aerospace, and computer engineering, from ancient history to the present. The topics include architectural wonders like the Acropolis, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower; transportation advances such as the supersonic jet and the high-speed bullet train; medical innovations, including the artificial heart and kidney dialysis; developments in communications, such as the undersea cables and the cell phone; as well as air conditioning, the Large Hadron Collider, Mars Colonies, and more.

A celebration of engineering and humankind’s greatest technical achievements.

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