January 3, 2014 |
ZULIESUIVIE Ball was a senior at Central High School with excellent grades, a strong feminist attitude and a passion for writing. One thing the 18-year-old Olney student didn't have was an interest in computer science. That changed, however, when a classmate invited her to a Saturday workshop on Java programming. "I actually ended up growing to like it and what they were teaching, and became a part of it," said the soft-spoken, bubbly teen, now a freshman at Temple University.
October 7, 2011 |
Inside the Center for Engineering Education and Research at Villanova University on Thursday, the tools in use included toilet-paper rolls, tissue boxes, Popsicle sticks, and glitter glue. Some of the school's biggest brainiacs wore headpieces fashioned from pipe cleaners while they sang a children's song. The goal was to encourage free-spirited creativity among a group traditionally boxed in by methodology and math. And, just possibly, to inspire the next Steve Jobs - whoever he or she might be. As the world absorbed the news of the death Wednesday of Apple Inc.'s cofounder, and wondered what would become of the U.S. technology sector without Jobs' extraordinary vision, Villanova's College of Engineering spent two hours trying to get 28 sophomores to think more like Jobs and less like engineers.
August 1, 2011 |
Robert H. Creamer, 92, a founder of a forerunner of the College of Engineering at Temple University, died of lung failure Monday, July 25, at the Regency Retirement Village in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he had lived for 12 years. It took a three-step process for today's College of Engineering to emerge. A 1966 Inquirer article said Mr. Creamer was at that time department chairman of mechanical engineering technology at Temple University's Technical Institute. A 1968 Inquirer article said that, while continuing as department chairman, he had become director of the institute.
March 22, 2011 |
John L. Rumpf, 90, formerly of Rydal, a civil engineer and an educator and administrator at Drexel and Temple Universities, died of heart failure Thursday, March 17, at Southampton Estates, a retirement community in Southampton, Bucks County. For 13 years, Dr. Rumpf was a professor of civil engineering at Drexel, and from 1964 to 1969 he headed the civil engineering department. He then joined the faculty at Temple and in 1970 was appointed dean of the university's new College of Engineering Technology.
March 2, 2011 |
George P. McCasland, 80, an engineer and educator who had a passion for learning, died Thursday, Feb. 10, from heart disease at his home in Southwest Philadelphia. Mr. McCasland had a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in psychology from Temple University. He had taken courses for certification to teach mathematics, reading, and physics and had almost completed the course work for a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
November 30, 2009 |
Judson Free Vogdes III, 74, of Haddonfield, a civil engineer and educator, died at Virtua Hospital Marlton on Nov. 17 of lymphoma and prostate cancer. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Vogdes graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1953. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957, and a master's degree in engineering from Villanova University in 1971. After college, Mr. Vogdes went to work for his father at Vogdes Engineering in Center City. In the 1960s and 1970s, he tackled projects in Eastwick and Society Hill for the city Redevelopment Authority, and later joined other Philadelphia engineering firms.
August 29, 2009 |
Richard E. Llorens, 79, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired professor of engineering and mechanical science at Pennsylvania State University, died of a stroke Monday at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 1965, Dr. Llorens joined the founding faculty of the Penn State School of Graduate Professional Studies, which had opened in a rented school building in King of Prussia. The mission of the new venture was to address the market needs of Southeastern Pennsylvania through advanced education, offering several degree programs, including engineering, as well as professional development courses.
July 29, 2009 |
About 160 middle school girls brewed lip gloss, built bridges, and manipulated fiber optics last week - just like professional engineers. For the 10th summer, Rowan University offered hands-on "Attracting Women Into Engineering" workshops aimed at dispelling stereotypes about the field and boosting the profession's female representation, which has stagnated nationally. "We teach them it's not all about hard hats," said Kauser Jahan, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, who started the workshop in 1999 with 20 girls.
April 11, 2009 |
Edward M. Phillips, 73, of West Mount Airy, a chemical engineer and educator, died of heart failure March 25 at Chestnut Hill Hospital. A native of Camden, Dr. Phillips earned a bachelor's degree from Lafayette College and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He later earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1959 to 1972, Dr. Phillips was a research engineer with Arco in Philadelphia and a project engineer with Esso in Florham Park, N.J. For two years, he was an associate professor in chemical engineering at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
January 22, 2009 |
John J. DeLuccia Sr., 73, who taught evening classes at Drexel University for three decades during a career at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, died Monday of colon cancer at his home in Paoli. In 2002, the Philadelphia chapter of ASM International, formerly the American Society for Metals, named Mr. DeLuccia its Materials Person of the Year. Mr. DeLuccia juggled two careers and earned commendations in both. In Warminster, he retired in 1994 as manager of the aerospace materials division, where he was a senior engineer.