Advisor Name

Dr. Milton Cone


Electrical Engineering


For as long as humanity has had time to devote to thought, there have been engineers developing technology. In the ancient world, especially during the Hellenistic period, the engineers and philosophers devoted their time to developing control systems and bringing automation into the modern world. A control system is a device or process that regulates the behavior of another device or system. Ancient control systems used water almost exclusively as their method of control, mainly because of its availability and its versatility of states. From the rapid flow a river to the rising power of hot steam to the slow drip of water from a bucket, water was the harness of the natural world for control engineers. Without easy access to water, many of the control systems of the ancient world would not exist.

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Publication/Presentation Date

Spring 2015