Industry News

Top U.S. engineers join crowdfunding effort to help turn Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ from dream into reality

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NY Daily News reports that two top U.S. engineers have signed on with the southern California crowdfunding startup JumpStartFund that has committed to building Musk's design. Dr. Marco Villa, the former director of mission operations for SpaceX, and Dr. Patricia Galloway, the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, will help lead and manage the development of the Hyperloop tube that could one day transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. (Knowles, 9/26)

Towers of Steel? Look Again

Monday, September 23, 2013

The New York Times reports "The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source — a leading architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete." (H. Fountain, 9/23)

Kewaskum High School launches all-female engineering class

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that a Wisconsin High School is the first in the state to offer a women in engineering class to an all-female group of students. Women make up more than 20% of engineering school graduates, but only 11% of practicing engineers, according to the National Science Foundation. The components of the class include instruction on mechanical design, 3-D software, career options, and the history of women in engineering and manufacturing. (R. Barrett, 9/21)

How green can you go? PAE Engineers challenges Bay Area developers

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How green can you go? PAE Engineers challenges Bay Area developers

San Francisco Business Times reports that "PAE Consulting Engineers Inc. wants to work on the first “living” building in San Francisco. They just need a developer or architect to hire them. The Portland-based engineering firm opened its San Francisco office less than three years ago to bring its expertise in sustainable buildings to the market." (Torres, 9/12)