Willard A. Smith
(20 Sep 1849 - 1923)
American civil engineer and publisher who was the proprietor of the Railway Review from 1873, and became an authority on railway transportation. He was chief of the department of transportation exhibits at the Worlds Columbian Exposition (1893) and was influential in making Chicago a great railway center.
Science Quotes by Willard A. Smith (1 quote)
Engineering is the science of economy, of conserving the energy, kinetic and potential, provided and stored up by nature for the use of man. It is the business of engineering to utilize this energy to the best advantage, so that there may be the least possible waste.
— Willard A. Smith
(1908). Quoted, without source, in Appendix A, 'Some Definitions of Engineering' in Theodore Jesse Hoover and John Charles Lounsbury Fish, The Engineering Profession (1941), 463.