May 15, 2015 |
Investigators of Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment say they are focusing on reports that the train was traveling more than twice the 50-mile-an-hour speed limit when it entered a sharp curve in Frankford. An automatic train control system designed to prevent speeding was not in place where Amtrak Train 188 crashed, killing seven people and injuring more than 200. The train's engineer, who has not been identified, declined to give a statement to police investigators and left the East Detectives Division with an attorney, police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday.
May 1, 2015 |
MANY PEOPLE look at the moon and think, isn't that pretty. Louis Diodoro looked at the moon and said, "Let's go there!" Louis was an aeronautical engineer with General Electric for nearly 30 years, working on many key aspects of America's space exploration. His department designed and built the nose cones for the rockets that, in 1961, first sent a chimp into space, and then in July 1969 - the culmination of an aeronautical engineer's dream- sent Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon in the Apollo 11 program.
April 22, 2015 |
John Carpenter Bowen Sr., 87, of Huntingdon Valley, a retired chemical engineer, died Tuesday, April 14, in the medical center at Rydal Park, a senior community, of complications from an earlier surgery. Born in Bristol, he was the son of Charles and Beatrice Bowen. The family moved to Moorestown, where Mr. Bowen became active in the Boy Scouts. He achieved the rank of Life Scout and was elected to the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood by members of his troop, his family said in a statement.
April 20, 2015 |
So frustrating. Budding engineers on the eight-person King Magikarps crew of the Harrison Middle School's Seabots underwater robot team thought they had considered everything in designing their underwater robot entered in Saturday's SeaPerch competition at Rowan University. They didn't expect an underwater referee's legs to get in the way, kicking up turbulence, and they didn't expect to score so low - 14 out of 24 points. "Bad things will always come your way," said Andrew McCorkle, team manager, slumping his shoulders after their robot's turn under the water.
April 7, 2015
DREXEL University junior Zakiya James didn't graduate from high school, or even spend much time there. She never took the SATs or got a GED. None of that stopped the 17-year-old from becoming a Drexel Dragon in January. Since transferring to the school, she has been thriving, taking a host of heavy-duty engineering courses. But there's one small problem: Zakiya's parents can't afford Drexel's pricey tuition. Not by a long shot. Her mother, who works as a medical receptionist in Washington, D.C., was able to make Zakiya's housing deposit and gave her money for books, but that was pretty much it. Zakiya has gotten financial aid from the school, but she is faced with the onerous task of coming up with the rest of the money she needs for tuition on her own. It's heartbreaking.
February 26, 2015 |
One would like to imagine that, as electrical engineers in the same group at Lockheed Martin, Michael Petner and Tuan Ngo are quick to offer each other words of encouragement. But is it always quite so boisterous? "Think light!" Petner shouted at Ngo on Tuesday. "Just keep those legs up. Good job!" The 145-pound Ngo grinned gamely in reply. It might have been partly a grimace. After all, he was stuck to a cinder-block wall with duct tape. At the defense contractor's Moorestown facility, employees are participating in National Engineers Week, a celebration of a discipline that too often goes without credit for its creativity and sense of humor.
February 19, 2015
F ELICITE MOORMAN, 41, of East Falls, is CEO of BuLogics, which calls itself an "Internet of Things" engineering firm. Founded in 2003, the East Falls company certifies, designs and builds wireless systems connecting everyday objects for Fortune 500 clients and individuals. Q: What's BuLogics do? A: If you have a light switch or door lock or safe or smoke alarm, and you want to make it connect to the Internet in a way it never has before, we make the stuff that does that. You want a door lock to talk to your smartphone?
January 20, 2015 |
Pasquale A. Dougherty, 68, of Springfield, Delaware County, a civil engineer, died Monday, Jan. 12, of colon cancer at home. He had lived in Springfield since May and before that in Mechanicsburg and Upper Darby, the latter for 30 years. Known as Pat, Mr. Dougherty worked in the highway industry and retired July 30, 2014. He had been found to have cancer in 2012 but did not let it slow his activities. "He loved being an engineer," said his wife, Elizabeth King Dougherty. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1968, and a master's in transportation engineering in 1975, both from Villanova University.
January 9, 2015
ALLISON BERLINER, 30, of Center City, is co-founder & CEO of SpotItBuyIt, which helps small retailers sell more via Instagram with a mobile app. Berliner, a 2013 Wharton MBA, co-founded the startup - which launched in a trial phase called beta in November - with chief technology officer Roopak Majmudar, 33, of University City. I spoke with Berliner. Q: How did you come up with the idea for SpotItBuyIt? A: We'd been working with small retailers and kept hearing the word Instagram and they really wanted help on converting mobile traffic [on]
December 19, 2014 |
Chittaranjan "Chitu" Shantilal Shah, 66, of Norristown, an engineer and respected member of the Indian community in the Pennsylvania suburbs, died Monday, Dec. 15, of unknown causes after collapsing at his home. Born in Mumbai, India, Mr. Shah earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at the Jai Hind College of the University of Mumbai, then came to the United States seeking to better himself and provide a bright future for his family. "My father was an amazing and kind man who has been in this area for over 40 years," said daughter Megha Shah Fitzpatrick.