Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation

Engineers Club of Dayton

Engineers Club of Dayton

View photos of the Engineers Club of Dayton site and building through the years from the 1866 flood through its founding in 1914, the building in 1918, to the present.

Orville Wright

Orville Wright

The Wright brothers together invented powered flight. Orville outlived his brother Wilbur, making additional contributions to aviation. He was a member of the Engineers Club of Dayton from 1914 to his death in 1948.

Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering

Charles F. Kettering, with 140 patents to his name, revolutionized the automobile with his invention of the electric automobile starter. Kettering co-founded the Engineers Club of Dayton.

Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright

At rare intervals a few truly indispensable individuals take us where no one has gone before. A century back in Dayton it was Kettering, Patterson, Deeds, and a few rare others who achieved big. Of those, the rarest bird was Wilbur Wright, his success cut short just as he achieved it.

Edward A. Deeds

Edward A. Deeds

Patterson, the Wrights, Kettering, and Morgan were men of vision, imagination, skill, and determination. But there is another man who made their ideas work, generating lasting benefit for Dayton and its citizens: Edward A. Deeds.

Thomas Midgley, Jr

Thomas Midgley, Jr

In the dozen years Thomas Midgley, Jr. lived in Dayton he revolutionized two industries by inventing tetraethyl “leaded” gasoline and CFC refrigerants.

Arthur E. Morgan

Arthur E. Morgan

Arthur Ernest Morgan, civil engineer, and visionary was the design engineer for the Miami Conservancy District, president of Antioch College, and chairman of Tennessee Valley Authority.

Maude Elsa Gardner

Maude Elsa Gardner

Admitted where Amelia Earhart was rejected, Maude Elsa Gardner became the first woman accepted into aeronautical engineering organizations.

Charles Otterbein Adams

Charles Otterbein Adams

Charlie Adams lived Dayton history for nearly a century. A survivor of the 1913 flood, Charlie experienced electric cars, Orville Wright’s last airplane, and a lesson learned from Kettering.

Edward A. Murphy, Jr.

Edward A. Murphy, Jr.

“If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.” Murphy’s Law is used to describe wrong outcomes of every sort. Engineer Edward A. Murphy, Jr. spent his career finding ways to make failure impossible in aircraft and more.

Neal Loving

Neal Loving

Neal Loving overcame adversity, racism and disability to become an aircraft designer, builder, pilot, engineer and educator. “I guess I have a history of people telling me what I can’t do. So far they’re all wrong.”

Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter

Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter

Named the First Lady of Aviation, Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter has helped make air travel practical and popular for over 70 years, as a pilot, promoter, business executive and philanthropist.

Chuck Buchanan

Chuck Buchanan

Automotive engineer Chuck Buchanan's 122 worldwide patents include variable speed wipers that typified his dual focus of enhancing safety and the driving experience.

The Siebenthaler Family

The Siebenthaler Family

Cultivating success across six generations, the Siebenthaler family has impacted Dayton through innovation and adaptation.


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