March 10, 2013 |
John R. Boehringer, 82, of Wynnewood, an engineer and inventor who founded a biomedical engineering company, died Tuesday, March 5, of cancer at home. Mr. Boehringer's life was marked by an intellectual curiosity that led him to build a sailboat as a teen and to learn, in midlife, to fly airplanes. "He was always curious," said his daughter, Barbara McConnell. "He always wanted to learn new things. " In 1967, Mr. Boehringer, known as "Jack," founded Boehringer Associates, a consulting firm in Wynnewood specializing in cost-control management in manufacturing and hospital operations.
February 11, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - In a Mars first, the Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and prepared to dump an aspirin-size pinch of powder into its onboard laboratories for closer inspection. The feat marked yet another milestone for the car-size rover, which landed last summer to much fanfare on an ambitious hunt to determine whether environmental conditions were favorable for microbes. Using the drill at the end of its 7-foot-long robotic arm, Curiosity on Friday chipped away at a flat, veined rock bearing numerous signs of past water flow.
February 1, 2013 |
Enjoy hands-on science and engineering activities at Drexel University on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day. Learn about materials science, expressed in laymen's terms as "the study of stuff," and learn what everyday things we use are made of and how they work. The event is free and presented by the departments of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Market Street between 31st and 32d. Event is free.
January 14, 2013
Someone threw a rock through the front window of a moving SEPTA train in Philadelphia on Saturday, striking and injuring the engineer. The injuries were minor, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. He said the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. as the Trenton line train was passing 33d and Girard Avenue. The train stopped at 30th Street Station, and Busch said the engineer was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. There was no word late Saturday on whether he had been released.
January 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Every day, throngs of riders stand on the edge of danger in the nation's busiest subway system, waiting on platforms with nothing between them and the tracks. Dozens of subway and light rail systems around the world have safety barriers with sliding doors on their platforms, but the idea hasn't gotten traction in New York. Transit officials there are giving it a new look after three people were killed on the tracks - two were pushed, a third fell - since early December.
January 4, 2013 |
Paul Michael Parchinski was a chemical engineer who over a 34-year career worked his way up the echelons of the petroleum industry, retiring from Citgo in 2001 as senior environmental adviser. It was then that he decided to take a job with an employer even mightier than the oil giants. Mr. Parchinski became Deacon Parchinski, serving his home parish, Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Woodbury. Instead of hazmat emergencies and executive meetings, he was called to assist priests; perform weddings, baptisms, and funerals; tend to the sick; and console the bereft.
January 3, 2013 |
BEHIND every good TV broadcast is a dedicated technician who helps to make it happen. In the case of Comcast SportsNet, the man behind the scenes was Victor L. Hamrick, a bearded free spirit who might just as easily have been found playing a guitar, camping in the wilds or wandering the earth. He died Dec. 28 of smoke inhalation from a fire the previous day at his home in Claymont, Del. He was 57. "He was a good friend and mentor to many, had a great sense of humor and was always willing to lend a hand," said Dave Finocchiaro, senior director of engineering for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
December 31, 2012 |
Walter Joseph Lufkin Jr., 95, a longtime Abington resident and an Atlantic Richfield Co. employee for three decades, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, of cerebrovascular disease at Rydal Park in Jenkintown. Mr. Lufkin joined the Atlantic Refining Co. in 1945. His responsibilities included the field of industrial engineering, which was new at the time, and later, implementation of information technology. In the 1970s, he retired from Atlantic Richfield Co., now part of British Petroleum, with the title systems implementation manager.
December 18, 2012 |
After a 4½-week binge of laser-cutting, wiring, soldering, programming, and debugging, it all came down to the moment when a tall man in a dark gray suit took the stage. "It's time to plaaayyyy some HOCKEY!" he shouted. Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" blared from the sound system. The crowd, many of them zonked from pulling repeated all-nighters, was in a state of near-delirium. This was Robockey 2012 - hockey played by wheeled robots. It is the culmination of a notoriously tough engineering course at the University of Pennsylvania - taught every fall by Jonathan Fiene, the man in the gray suit - and it is a wild scene.