Transforming the Grid

Transforming the Grid

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 By Tom Gibson, P.E. If...
Down with the Dam

Down with the Dam

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. By Mary...
Translating to Soft Tissue

Translating to Soft Tissue

Mechanical engineers help with knee injuries by developing computational models to characterize ligaments.By Tom Gibson, P.E.In the United States, the number of knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgeries continues to rise, with the highest...
Farming Goes 3-Dimensional

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.By Tom Gibson, P.E.Murat Kacira (center), shown working with a researcher, heads the UAg Farm, a vertical farm...
Fuel-Efficient Trucks Coming Down the Road

Fuel-Efficient Trucks Coming Down the Road

By Tom Gibson Nigel Clark, the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU) has a birds-eye view of heavy-duty truck technology and sees the advances made in tractor-trailers. As an expert and researcher in the field, he sits on the Committee...