Transforming the Grid

Engineers at the FREEDM Systems Center at North Carolina State University are developing solid-state transformers that promise to make the electrical grid more reliable and facilitate renewable energy such as wind and solar

Down with the Dam

Old dams are being taken down around the country for environmental and safety reasons. In Massachusetts, the story of the Upper Roberts Meadow Reservoir Dam removal project shows the complexities involved and the opportunities for engineers.

Translating to Soft Tissue

Mechanical engineers help with knee injuries by developing computational models to characterize ligaments.

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Defining moment for STEM

Nearing its 30th anniversary, STEM finds itself converging with educational technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and extended reality.

Plastics Pipe Institute announces new technical director

The Plastics Pipe Institute has announced that Patrick Vibien, P.Eng., has been appointed technical director of the association and will also assume the position of director of engineering for the Power and Communications Division and director of education.

ASCE to grade stormwater in 2021 Infrastructure Report Card

The American Society of Civil Engineers and its Environmental & Water Resources Institute, the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance, and the Water Environment Federation have announced that stormwater infrastructure will be included in the ASCE 2021 Infrastructure Report Card

NASA iTech winners impress with tech ideas for use in space and on Earth

Water-fueled satellites, 3D medical scans, and vibration resistant metal fasteners impressed judges at the NASA iTech competition in Mountain View, California. NASA iTech is an initiative to find and foster innovative solutions to challenges faced on Earth and in space. Ten finalists pitched their unique innovations at the competition’s 2019 Cycle I forum.

Engineering Firms

Site work begins on Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project with Brown and Caldwell providing engineering

Designed to reduce harmful discharges to estuaries and send clean water to the Southern Everglades and Florida Bay, the project includes canals, stormwater treatment areas, and a storage reservoir.

Baxter & Woodman expands in Illinois

Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers has opened a new Naperville, Illinois office to better serve the needs of the firm’s growing client base

SEPI Engineering & Construction reveals new brand as SEPI

SEPI Engineering & Construction, an integrated engineering firm, announced the launch of its new brand, symbolized by the introduction of a new logo and visual identity that reflects its diversity and spirit. As SEPI has evolved over the years, the firm has transitioned into a consultancy by continually expanding its service offerings

Engineering Schools

Sacred Heart University opens its IDEA Lab

Now that the University in Fairfield, Connecticut has officially opened the IDEA (Innovate|Design|Engineer|Apply) Lab at its West Campus, students have 11,000 square feet of space to exercise their creativity, explore their ideas, and develop new concepts.

Tunable optical chip paves way for new quantum devices

Researchers have created a silicon carbide photonic integrated chip that can be thermally tuned by applying an electric signal. The approach could be used to create reconfigurable devices such as phase-shifters and tunable optical couplers for networking applications and quantum information processing.

University of Florida wins National Concrete Canoe Competition

The University of Florida came out on top at the 32nd Annual American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition. The school’s team of engineering students and their canoe, Free Floatin’, competed against 23 other teams over three days to win America’s Cup of Civil Engineering.

Green Building

LEED strategies promote higher quality of life for Westminster, Colorado as an apartment community advances access to healthy homes

As the top state in 2019 for LEED-certified green building, Colorado has a strong commitment to the sustainability and health of its communities. In working to advance green building for its state, USGBC Colorado celebrates the people, firms, and projects leading the way in achieving these goals.

New York State passes legislation to speed up clean energy projects

To combat climate change and jumpstart the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create the Office of Renewable Energy Siting to streamline the process for siting of large-scale renewable energy projects.

Roofit.solar named Swedish Steel Prize 2019 finalist

The Swedish Steel Prize recognizes the good engineering, cooperation, and steel innovations that lead to a better and more sustainable world. Roofit.solar, a company from Estonia that combines solar panels with steel roofing, was one of the four finalists for this year’s prize.

New Mexico advocates hail passage of historic clean energy bill

Environmental, labor, and community groups recently celebrated the New Mexico Legislature’s passage of the landmark Energy Transition Act (ETA), a measure that will boost renewable energy production, create jobs, reduce carbon pollution, and diversify the economy in coal-impacted areas.

Green building engineer Jerry Yudelson comments on Jay Inslee

Here's an entry from Reinventing Green Building, the newsletter published by Jerry Yudelson, president of green building firm Yudelson Associates in Carlsbad, CA. Yudelson has a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech, an M.S. in Water Resources...