NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features Henry Ford who was born on July 30, 1863 in Michigan. He is known for creating the Ford Model T car in 1908. He is also famously known for developing the assembly line. This was instrumental in the automobile industry allowing production to increase rapidly.
Ford grew up a farmer but left home at the age of 16 to explore a machinist job position in Detroit. His interests continued to expand and in 1903, Henry Ford started up the Ford Motor Company. This company was a huge success allowing him to develop the assembly line further and move into mass production of inexpensive automobiles.
Although Henry Ford passed away in 1947, he is still considered one of America’s leading businessmen is history. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame and won several other honors during his lifetime.