Many historians in the history of modern engineering agree that the first strong and clear engineering presence for women in engineering is through civil engineering, especially through the construction of the “Brooklyn Bridge” that engineering marvel that overlooks the Manhattan and Brooklyn areas of New York City.
During my visit to this masterpiece, I found a souvenir in the name of the engineer “Emily Roebling”, the engineer of the project who completed this huge project that started in 1867 and ended in 1883.
The Brooklyn Bridge project is considered one of the milestones in the history of engineering, not because at its time it was considered the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first bridge in the world in which steel ropes were used, but because it broke the prevailing idea that engineering is a purely male profession, and this was demonstrated by the engineering film The short title “Roebling’s Bridge” was produced in 2017.
Emily Roebling was not the architect of the original project, but her father-in-law, John Roebling, who pioneered the use of steel ropes in building bridges, and had previously built many of them in several states in America. Through John’s supervision on the site, his toes were stuck under a heavy object, which had to be amputated, but the amputation was not enough and the wound was contaminated, and John died shortly afterwards.
The son, Washington, then decided to continue the path to fulfill his father’s dream, but only a few months later, he too had an accident that left him paralyzed and bedridden, unable to complete the project. Here, many thought that the project was finished and that it was impossible to complete it, but the engineer Emily had another opinion to complete her family’s dream.
The wife learned advanced mathematics and the arts of engineering and building bridges, and began implementing the necessary steps to complete the construction of the bridge, and overcame many engineering challenges that many engineers were unable to solve, and the bridge was opened in 1883 in the presence of the mayor of the city.
Finally, Abu Dhabi University held a unique conference under the name “Women in Engineering”, which sheds light on the achievements of women in engineering, especially the Emirati engineer, who was able to reach the most important leadership degrees, whether in ministerial or parliamentary positions, and it is worth noting that the first Arab female astronaut , Noura Al Matrooshi, is an Emirati engineer, whom the UAE is proud of.
• “Brooklyn Bridge” is the first bridge in the world in which steel ropes are used, and it is considered one of the milestones in the history of engineering.