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

VDOT approves start of $3.8-billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion

The project will increase tunnel and interstate capacity along 9.9 miles of Interstate 64 between Hampton and Norfolk, Virginia, reducing congestion and easing access to the Port of Virginia and the world’s largest Naval base.

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

Fugro to provide quality assurance testing services for Dallas airports

The firm has been awarded a 5-year contract to provide services for all upcoming construction projects at Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas Executive Airport, and Dallas Vertiport

Engineering Schools

Cornell College engineering major becomes ABET accredited

The school in Mount Vernon, Iowa has secured accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology for its bachelor of science in engineering (B.S.E.) program

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.

Green Building

Researchers discover an eco-friendly way to recycle the silicon in solar panels

Scientists at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia have figured out how to convert silicon into silicon oxide nanoparticles, which can then be recycled

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.