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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Engineering News

Triggo reveals micro-electric car for global launch across major cities in 2021

The engineering design company founded in Poland has announced the launch of its first electric urban mobility vehicle, combining the safety and comfort of a car with the maneuverability and parking benefits of a scooter.

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

Engineering Firms

Engineering firm RETTEW joins with SolMare to construct one of the nation’s largest floating solar arrays

The project will provide all the power needs for Clayton Sand Company’s sand mining facility in Jackson, New Jersey.

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

Engineering Schools

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers to develop next-generation, long-lasting batteries

Ram Gupta and Mo Jiang will receive a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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

Developers and designers sought for rooftop solar arrays at dozens of New York City schools and other sites

The New York Power Authority and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services have announced the planned installation of 16 megawatts of solar energy on the rooftops of 46 New York City buildings.

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.