The day is the birthday of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, an eminent Indian engineer and statesman.
He served as the chief engineer during construction of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam on the Kaveri River near Mysore.
He also built many dams in the Bombay presidency (present day Maharashtra). The dams built by him are still functional even today, a testimony to his brilliance, skill, honesty and dedication.
So 15 September, Engineer's Day 2008, is quite a remarkable tribute to the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvarayya.