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NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
In space, no one can hear you scream when your battery dies. Out there, options are pretty limited. "In space, there are very limited power sources. You either have to carry your batteries with you - which is in most cases impractical - or by and large in space, you would rely on light, on sun," said Robi Polikar, head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Rowan University. And there are all those other issues to think about when it comes to electronics: the physical size of the equipment (the larger and heavier, the harder to get into space)
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
John A. Quinn, 83, of Merion, a chemical engineer and professor known fondly to students as "Dr. Q," died Monday, Feb. 8, at Lankenau Hospital, where he had been taken after collapsing at home. Dr. Quinn had a long and distinguished career. He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1970s and never really retired. He was given the university's S. Reid Warren Jr. Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1974 and the Robert D. Bent Professorship in 1978. He was chairman of the department of chemical and biochemical engineering from 1980 to 1985.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2016
Call it a clash of cultures. The investigation into the horrific crash of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12, 2015, is proceeding along two paths, and the two couldn't be more different. The National Transportation Safety Board so far has taken the lead, opening its probe one day after the crash. Its cautious and collaborative approach to rail and aircraft disasters has won praise for encouraging witnesses to open up, but also criticism for seeming to pull punches. Dozens of personal-injury lawyers also want a crack at explaining what happened, and have filed 111 lawsuits involving the crash.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Gene W. Chilton, 90, of Deptford, a civil engineer and former owner of a survey and design firm in Cherry Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, at his home. Mr. Chilton was the oldest trustee at North Baptist Church in Woodbury, which he had joined in 1957, daughter Doris Chilton said. After being baptized that year, she said, he was named to the church trustee board in 1958. A Sunday School teacher in his early years at North Baptist, his daughter said, Mr. Chilton had fond memories of ringing the church bell before classes.
NEWS
February 3, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITER
Brandon Bostian, the engineer on the ill-fated Amtraktrain that crashed May 12, gave investigators sharply differing accounts of what he recalls of the moments before the crash, raising questions about his credibility, two prominent plaintiffs said Monday. Tom Kline and Robert Mongelluzzi said at a press conference that inconsistencies in Bostian's story underscore the need for Bostian to be deposed under oath. Mongeluzzi's firm represents 17 passengers who have filed claims, while Kline & Specter represents 12 victims, including two death claims.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Federal investigators will open a new window into the deadly Amtrak Train 188 derailment in Philadelphia when they release a trove of documents Monday, including interview transcripts with the engineer. Those interviews could provide the most detailed view yet of Brandon Bostian, the engineer running the train in May when it sped to 106 m.p.h. - more than twice the speed limit for an approaching curve - before hurtling off the tracks in Frankford Junction, killing eight and injuring more than 200. Bostian's lawyer has said the engineer does not remember the crash.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 6, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 26, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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