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.

Farming Goes 3-Dimensional

Vertical farming offers opportunities to grow more crops on a smaller footprint, especially in urban areas. It also presents unique educational opportunities.

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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.

Why we need more STEM students to study abroad

Contributed by Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd CollegeStudents majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are much less likely to participate in study abroad programs during their college years than students in other majors.According to Open...

Chemical engineer documents drop in plastics recycling

 According to a post in WasteAdvantage magazine, the Plastic Pollution Coalition has published a new engineering estimate showing plummeting recycling rates for plastic in United States. Author Jan Dell, a consulting chemical engineer, used U.S....

Engineering Firms

Kentucky infrastructure project awarded engineering design feat of the year

The Southwestern Parkway Combined Sewer Overflow Basin project received the Best in Engineering Design Award and a National Award of Excellence from the Design-Build Institute of America

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

Brown & Caldwell begins environmental work at Iron Creek cobalt mine

First Cobalt Corporation has announced that it has engaged Brown and Caldwell at the Iron Creek Project in Idaho to provide guidance on permitting and to develop an environmental baseline study strategy. Trent Mell, First Cobalt President and Chief Executive Officer,...

HNTB adds a new region, an operating division, and four presidents

Keith HinkebeiJim ThomsonMichael InabinetJohn FrielResponding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation added a new region and operating division and named these presidents to its leadership structure: Michael Inabinet, PE,...

Engineering Schools

Bobby Lyle boosts a future-focused model for the SMU Lyle School of Engineering

Dallas entrepreneur and educator Bobby Lyle has designated $10 million to power a new strategic vision for the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU

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.

Parfait Masungi escapes the Congo to find opportunity

By Milady NazirParfait Masungi is one of the lucky ones. At the age of 15, he won a green card lottery visa  and with it, a ticket to leave the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was his chance to escape the country embroiled in “Africa’s World War,” the...

Engineering capstone project saves MSU researchers time and money

Countless hours spent hunched over petri dishes, using needles to pluck tiny samples from bacteria colonies and place them in test tubes, are not the most exciting experiences for researchers in Seth Walk's lab at Montana State University. Walk, who studies the...

NCSU researchers improve food bank effectiveness and equity

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new computer models to improve the ability of food banks to feed as many people as possible, as equitably as possible, while reducing food waste. Food banks serve as networks, collecting food from many...

Green Building

Energport begins installation of a large battery energy storage system

Energport is installing a 72MW/72MWH lithium ion battery energy storage system for a major global independent power producer to complement onsite renewable energy generation

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...

Nine renewable energy highlights of 2018

By Jeff Deyette Despite the Trump administration's ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERC, EPA and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in...

Husson University holds its first Green Jobs Fair

Husson University held its inaugural Green Jobs Fair recently on its Bangor, Maine campus. Organized by AmeriCorps, the job fair provided students and other individuals interested in internships or employment the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety...

USGBC announces LEED initiatives and updates at Greenbuild

The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), concluded recently in Chicago, where thousands of members of the global green building community gathered. The theme for this year’s Greenbuild was Human X...