January 26, 2016 |
Gaby Rochino knew she wasn't the only Rowan University student struggling to get through a particularly difficult engineering class - "I'd study nine hours a night and I'd still get a C on a quiz" - but she still felt alone. "Imagine sitting in a classroom, and nobody in your classroom looks like you. Rowan itself is very un-diverse, so mostly everyone around me was a Caucasian male," said Rochino, 21, of Cherry Hill. "It's just devastating looking around the room, thinking, 'Maybe I'm not cut out for this, maybe I'm not made for this, maybe girls can't do engineering,' " she said.
January 6, 2016 |
Jerry Colangelo continues to reshape the 76ers. The new chairman of basketball operations pushed for Elton Brand to sign with the team, the same way he orchestrated the hiring of Mike D'Antoni as associate head coach and the trade for point guard Ish Smith. "I think with Jerry's connections with Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] and [Brand's agent] David Falk, that [helped] our desire to maybe bring in more senior voices in the program," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the signing of Brand, who played for Krzyzewski at Duke.
December 26, 2015 |
The next time you drag a grocery item over the bar code scanner, remember Francis Xavier Beck Jr. Mr. Beck, 89, of West Chester, who helped develop the checkout method that made shopping much faster, died Sunday, Dec. 20, from complications of a stroke. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mr. Beck was attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1944 when he volunteered to serve in the Navy. He was assigned to the Huntington, a Fargo-class light cruiser, and he received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal.
December 21, 2015 |
During Hurricane Agnes in 1972, Samuel B. Hess figured that the safest place for his 25-foot sailboat would be on the water. And so with his family onboard, he maneuvered his craft from his dock near Chestertown, Md., into the Chester River. "There was mom, my brother, and me and my dog, a beagle," said Mr. Hess' daughter, Julie Hughes, all onboard. "The waters were pretty darn high," Hughes said, but they all saw it through. "We were all being tossed around," she said, "but he knew what he was doing.
December 11, 2015 |
Lee Wehle, 90, formerly of Narberth, a civil engineer for the state Department of Transportation, died Monday, Nov. 23, at Blue Bell Place after a bout with pneumonia. Mr. Wehle led a life full of what he liked to call "ordinary adventure. " He attended school in New London, Conn. On May 23, 1939, he was in math class when students began flocking to the windows and cheering. Steaming past them down the Thames River was the Falcon, a former minesweeper on its way to reach 59 sailors trapped aboard the submarine Squalus, which was disabled on the ocean floor off Portsmouth, N.H. "It was a sight he never forgot," said daughter Ellen.
November 23, 2015
Walking through the halls of family-owned Day & Zimmermann's headquarters on Spring Garden Street is like walking through a history lesson, with the company's chairman and chief executive, Harold "Hal" L. Yoh 3d, 54, as the professor. There's a yellowed photograph of the Gatun lock on the Panama Canal, an early assignment - 1908 - for the contract engineering, technical staffing, and construction management firm that has grown, in part, through acquisition over the decades. In 1914, the company designed the machine that wraps the Hershey Kiss in foil, and 50 years later, in 1964, it made the New York World's Fair monorail.
November 13, 2015 |
A life celebration is to be Friday, Nov. 13, for Harry Edward Lauderdale Jr., 77, the former chief plant engineer for the Philadelphia School District. A Philadelphia resident, he died Wednesday, Oct. 28, of complications from diabetes at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. Lauderdale joined the city's school system in 1959 as an assistant district engineer. In 1967, he was promoted to district engineer, and by 1972 was named chief of plant engineering and training. He also served as chairman of the district engineers' group, and of the energy committee for the maintenance department.
November 6, 2015 |
Richard J. Kosich, 84, of Cherry Hill, who retired as a missile systems engineer at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, died of dementia on Thursday, Oct. 29, at CareOne at Evesham, an assisted-living center in Marlton. Mr. Kosich grew up in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, graduated from Northeast High School in 1948, and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. He was an engineer in the Camden offices of Radio Corp.
October 11, 2015 |
A structural engineer testified Friday that the deadly demolition of a four-story Center City building had been handled well for weeks, but then, for unknown reasons, changed course with no regard for "common sense" or federal safety standards. Prosecution witness David B. Peraza said he did not know why contractor Griffin Campbell shifted from taking down the building using hand tools to using an excavator, a large and unwieldy piece of machinery. The change in approach came just a few days before June 5, 2013, when an unsupported four-story wall fell onto the adjoining Salvation Army thrift shop, killing six people and injuring 13. But a review of affidavits and other evidence led Peraza to conclude that decisions about how to demolish the building next to the thrift store rested not with property owner Richard Basciano, but were "within the domain and the control of the contractor," the engineer told the Common Pleas Court jury hearing Campbell's murder trial.
October 10, 2015 |
Robert W. Tickner, 83, a retired project engineer and a genealogist who traced his family's arrival in America back to 1638, died Monday, Oct. 5, of multiple myeloma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Susquehanna, Pa., to Robert N. Tickner and Marion Benson, Mr. Tickner served in the Navy during the Korean War. Afterward, he earned a bachelor of science and a master's degree, both in engineering, at Pennsylvania State University. He worked as an engineer at Sealtest, the ice cream maker, before joining Campbell Soup Co. in Camden as a project engineer in 1965.