Tainted Water

Tainted Water

A chemical spill in West Virginia highlights the role engineers play in disasters By Tom Gibson In early January of 2014, Andrew Whelton, then a civil and environmental professor at the University of South Alabama, gathered some students and headed to Charleston, West...

Manufacturing Breakthrough

Siemens 3D-prints a turbine blade By Tom Gibson As a form of additive manufacturing, the process of 3D printing has been used to build myriad plastic prototype parts to serve as a model to show a design’s fit and form. But never has a 3D-printed part been...

Nothing Runs Like a Precision Farming System

John Deere engineers apply high technology such as GPS to farming, improving efficiency and reducing costs and environmental impactBy Jill BrimeyerIn 1994, top engineers from agricultural equipment maker John Deere found themselves huddled around a conference room...

Planes, Trains, and Bicycles

More than a recreational venue, the BWI Trail circles Baltimore-Washington International Airport to link neighborhoods, communities, and several modes of transportationBy Tom GibsonAfter motoring south on I-83 into Baltimore, I exited at North Avenue just north of...

Water, Water Not Everywhere

Employing conservation and reuse, the Denver Water Recycling Plant in Colorado treats water to get the most out of it in a water-scarce regionBy Carol Carder”We set this plant up for tours because educating our public on water reuse is our mission,”...

Business Goes Underground

At various locations in the Midwest and East, companies are converting spent limestone mines to subsurface business parks offering a host of advantagesBy Julie BuzbeeIf you’re looking for a pillar of the business community in Kansas City, Missouri, think down ­...