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NOLA’s Good, Bad, and Ugly Recovery

Everyone remembers hearing the news about Hurricane Katrina’s disastrous effect on New Orleans. Televisions showed the horrors of rising water, stranded people, submerged homes and a whole city that was stopped in its tracks. But never one to stay down for very long, the Big Easy is rebounding, albeit slowly. City planners and developers along…

Heating and Cooling the Tallest of Buildings

Heating and cooling any large building takes a special approach, but the tallest buildings are something altogether different. Typical tall buildings use the same heating and cooling methods as any other. It’s more a matter of installing a system that’s large enough and strong enough to serve the whole building. But when a skyscraper soars…

All Engineering Leaders Need Great Followers

Everyone talks about leadership. It’s important for taking your career, your department and even your whole firm in the right direction. But have you ever given any thought to “followership?” Sure, it’s not really a word. But maybe it should be. While everyone is busy thinking about personal advancement and being a team leader, being…

Designing the Quietest Place in the World

What’s quieter than any quiet that you know? That’s not a trick question. We have our own ideas about what’s really quiet. Sometimes being under a still body of water, like a swimming pool, can give the sensation of total quiet. And some noise-canceling headphones do the same. But engineers at Eckel Noise Control Technologies…

Extracting Energy from Industrial Waste

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s why Dresser Rand and Ener Core are collaborating to harvest fuel from garbage. Industrial waste comes in many forms, but it’s waste gases that these companies are interested in. They’re not usable as-is. But with the refinements, they could be one more source…