UK engineering students have placed Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the third spot in the list of Engineering Heroes, ahead of Nikola Tesla and Bill Gates.
According to a poll of 900 UK engineering students conducted by General Electric, legendary British civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel continues to inspire young engineering students. He was responsible for designing several bridges, dockyards and railways.
Brunel was placed at the number one spot in the Engineering Heroes survey. He was followed by industrial designer Sir James Dyson, who revolutionised the vacuum cleaner with a bag-less design.
Brunel and Dyson were followed by Steve Jobs, who is largely responsible for building Apple into the most valuable tech company in the world.
Jobs was followed by Nikola Tesla in the fourth position and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at the fifth position.
Gates was followed by Frank Whittle, saac Newton, Albert Einstein, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce and Thomas Edison.
“Our research shows that iconic figures - both historic and modern - continue to inspire a new generation of engineers. We continue to see the impact of these icons all around us today; and our research shows that we have a proud tradition of pioneers and innovators in this country, which should be celebrated,” said Mark Elborne, President and CEO of GE UK, TechRadar reports.