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Article ID: 577114

The Ties That Bind: Making High-speed Rail Tracks Safer Focus of Research

Kansas State University

High-speed rail is poised to rapidly expand across the U.S. and a trio of Kansas State University engineering professors intend to help riders arrive safely.

24-May-2011 11:55 AM EDT

Article ID: 576673

U.S. High-Speed Rail Objective Is Not Realistic, Says Transportation Expert

Cornell University

Richard Geddes, associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University and author of “The Road to Renewal: Private Investment in U.S. Transportation Infrastructure,” comments on the Department of Transportation’s recent allocation of $2 billion for high-speed rail.

11-May-2011 9:00 AM EDT

Law and Public Policy

Article ID: 576355

Rensselaer Professor Michael O’Rourke Honored for Influential Snow Loading Research

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Structural engineering expert Michael O’Rourke has won the prestigious 2011 Walter P. Moore Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award cites Rourke’s “significant and career-long contributions to the development of structural codes and standards which have advanced the science of snow load engineering both nationally and internationally.” Accurate snow load data is critical for preventing the roofs of buildings from caving in under the weight of snow.

2-May-2011 1:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 575798

Lessons Learned in the Gulf Spill Over Into Engineering Ethics

Binghamton University, State University of New York

It’s been almost a year since a series of explosions ripped through an oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 people and spewing millions of gallons of crude oil into the surrounding ocean. As the world watches yet another disaster unfold - the nuclear crisis in Japan - the initial question of ‘what went wrong’ has now become ‘how can we avoid it happening again.’ Binghamton University professor George Catalano has a possible solution. But it calls for a whole-scale re-examination of the engineering profession and its notions of ethical responsibility.

18-Apr-2011 10:45 AM EDT

Article ID: 575791

On Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737 Planes, ‘Cracks Weren’t Supposed to Happen,’ Says Cornell Aerospace Expert

Cornell University

Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University professor of engineering, is an expert in structural aerospace engineering. His research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes. Ingraffea comments on the recent news that the FAA has ordered very frequent inspections of Boeing 737 airplanes in the Southwest Airlines fleet.

18-Apr-2011 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 575618

Aviation Safety: New Computer Tool Forecasts Icing Hazards

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Aircraft safety is getting a boost from a new computer-generated forecast that provides pilots with critical weather information on the likelihood of encountering dangerous in-flight icing conditions.

12-Apr-2011 3:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 575143

A Case for Network Neutrality: Charging For Fast Content Only Slows It Down

University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

As the battle over “network neutrality” continues between supporters and Internet service providers (ISPs), a new study reveals compelling reasons to preserve a free and open world wide web. Economics Professor Benjamin Hermalin, University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, found that the purported benefits of tiered Internet service don’t materialize because over time, a tiered system slows down overall delivery speed.

5-Apr-2011 6:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 574673

Waste Ash from Coal Could Save Billions in Repairing U.S. Bridges & Roads

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Coating concrete destined to rebuild America’s crumbling bridges and roadways with millions of tons of underused flyash waste from burning coal could extend the life of the structures significantly, saving billions of dollars, scientists reported here.

23-Mar-2011 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 574613

Cyberinfrastructure to Meet Peak Demand for Emergency Data in Rural Areas

University of California San Diego

Ahead of the next fire season in parched areas of southern California, research groups at the University of California, San Diego are building a scalable computer infrastructure to provide better access to camera feeds from rural areas when fires, earthquakes, flash floods or other natural disasters hit San Diego County.

21-Mar-2011 1:40 PM EDT

Article ID: 574494

Japan Crisis Could Cause More Pain at the Pump: Expert Says

University of Alabama at Birmingham

A gallon of gas is already getting pricy, but one UAB professor says the problems in Japan could lead to a domino effect on gas prices.

16-Mar-2011 5:00 PM EDT

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