June 10, 2013 |
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 13, for Edward Korostoff, 92, of Philadelphia, a research engineer and University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus. Dr. Korostoff died of atherosclerotic vascular disease Monday, May 13, at the Quadrangle in Haverford, where he had lived since 2005. Born in Philadelphia of Russian and Lithuanian parents, he entered Central High School for Boys at age 12 and the University of Pennsylvania at 16, graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1941.
June 9, 2013 |
Albert J. Marcellino, 66, of Berwyn, an engineer who launched a second career as a lawyer, died Friday, May 31, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Early in his career, Mr. Marcellino earned dual master's degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration. He went to work for Curtiss-Wright Corp. and then spent 15 years as an engineer in the gas turbine division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. When the latter relocated to Orlando in 1986, Mr. Marcellino chose to stay in Pennsylvania and pursue a law degree at Temple University.
June 3, 2013 |
Rosemary Davolos Curtis and her brothers and sisters got to run the bases at the Vet two years before Larry Bowa and Tim McCarver did. In 1969, construction had been completed on Veterans Stadium, but it would not open until 1971. So on one memorable day in '69, Frank A. Davolos Sr. took Rosemary and his other children to the Vet and let them run on the base paths and across the empty field. "I remember running on the AstroTurf and having a good time with it," Curtis recalled.
May 24, 2013 |
SEPTA doesn't have enough engineers to run all of its trains all of the time. On Saturday, eight Regional Rail trains were canceled because of crew shortages, and engineers say the problem is chronic and may get worse. In 2011, federal work rules were toughened, reducing the number of hours passenger-train crews can work in a week or month and exacerbating SEPTA's long-standing staffing woes. Because of a shortage of qualified workers, the complex nature of rush-hour scheduling, and SEPTA's desire to limit costs for employee benefits, all engineers and conductors work overtime every week and are paid accordingly.
May 21, 2013 |
Calling a typical American engineering school a boys' club would be an understatement - on average, women make up 18.2 percent of engineering undergraduates nationwide. It's a statistic that hasn't gone unnoticed, with colleges and universities across the country scrambling to draw more women and minorities into engineering majors. Villanova University is no exception - and on Sunday, 31.4 percent of the engineering students who crossed the stage at graduation in Radnor were female.
May 17, 2013 |
James Bond Godshalk, 98, of Lower Makefield Township, a chemical engineer and inventor, died Friday, May 3, at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, Bucks County. Born in Philadelphia, he was a Lower Makefield resident for 50 years. He was a descendant of John Howland, 13th signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620. Mr. Godshalk lost his son, William Robert, 35, in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks. An investment banker, the young man had become engaged shortly before his death.
May 14, 2013 |
Robert Raymond Moser, 86, an aerospace engineer for General Electric, died Thursday, May 2, of pneumonia at the nursing skilled facility at Shannondell in Audubon. Mr. Moser's first job was as a design engineer for Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp. in the mid-1950s. A longtime friend referred Mr. Moser to General Electric, where he worked from July 1956 until retiring in 1990. Sometimes his office was in Philadelphia; at other times, in King of Prussia. His family said that engineering was a passion for Mr. Moser and that he was "loyal and passionate about the company that employed him" for so many years.
May 9, 2013 |
IF THAT BROKEN thing had wheels or moving parts or plugged into an electrical socket, Charlie Tagg could fix it. It didn't matter if it was a car, a TV set, a radio or toy train, his daughter Chris Jakielaszek said. "Dad found enjoyment tinkering and fixing a wide variety of items," she said. "He liked the challenge of making something work again and helping someone. He never charged anyone for the work he did. " Charles W. Tagg, a retired aerospace and aviation engineer, died April 29 of a heart ailment.
May 2, 2013 |
For Edwin R. Walthall, witnessing a 1951 atomic bomb test as a physicist at Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific was not the first encounter with danger. Mr. Walthall was a nose gunner on B-17s for 21 missions deep into Nazi Germany during the last days of World War II. "We were lucky that no one in our crew got a scratch," he wrote in biographical notes for his family, "but some shrapnel penetrated our plane on several missions. " Only on his flight back to the United States did he face imminent peril, he wrote, when his plane landed in Gander, Newfoundland, with only three of its four engines working and low on fuel.
April 25, 2013 |
ANOTHER WEEK, another significant smackdown from NASCAR's justice department. Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota Sprint Cup team was the latest to hear a "guilty" verdict from NASCAR. Officials determined that the engine in Kenseth's winning car at Kansas Speedway on Sunday failed inspection. Kenseth was penalized 50 points yesterday, sending him spiraling from eighth place to a tie with Jeff Gordon for 14th place. Kenseth keeps the Kansas win, but he loses the three bonus points. While he keeps the victory in the record books, he cannot use it toward claiming a wild-card spot in the Chase.