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  • Don't Believe President Obama's Hype About An Engineer 'Shortage'

    09/15/2014 3:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/15/2014 | John Tamny
    [SNIP] All of which brings us to the latest popular lament among pundits, politicians, and even some in the business world: the perceived lack of engineers and/or ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates. President Obama has said “We need more engineers,” so has Hillary Clinton, and then Lockheed Martin executive Stephanie Hill recently stated that “we’ll lose” if we don’t produce at least 1 million more ‘STEM’ grads. About all the handwringing, readers can relax. Indeed, there’s nothing to this story or alleged shortage. Price signals work. They always do, and they do because one of the underlying purposes...
  • An Engineer's Guide to Cats 2.0 - The Sequel [video]

    12/23/2013 2:13:46 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 19, 2013 | Paul & T. J.
    Two professional engineers update an earlier video tutorial about cats. This is a sequel to the original video "An Engineer's Guide to Cats" released in 2008:
  • NYC Engineer Wants to Help Homeless Man With Software Coding Classes

    08/24/2013 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    ABC Yahoo ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | JOANNA STERN
    McConlogue approached Leo, a 36-year man who lives on the streets of lower Manhattan, on Thursday and gave him two options. The first was $100 in cash. The second option on the table was a laptop, three JavaScript books and two months of coding instruction from McConlogue. Soon, McConlogue will deliver him a Samsung Chromebook with 3G connectivity, three JavaScript books, a solar charger for the laptop and something to conceal the laptop in. He will spend an hour before work every morning teaching him the basics of software coding.
  • High-tech and Humanity: 'English Majors Are What We're Looking For'

    07/26/2013 10:40:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Economic anxiety defines the Detroit bankruptcy, and not just in Michigan and the Midwest. Detroit is the urban nightmare, symbolic of America's downward cultural spiral since the 1960s, when optimism about what Americans could accomplish was the national elixir. The automobile was the national icon: powerful, beautiful and reliable. Detroit's advertising slogans reflected America's immeasurable self-confidence. Cadillac boasted that it was "the standard of the world." Buick promised that "when better cars are built, Buick will build them." Packard, then Detroit's ultimate expression of luxury, smugly advised, "Ask the man who owns one." The car was the example of infinite...
  • Million Engineers Struggling to Find a Job

    06/23/2013 6:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 107 replies ^ | June 23, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    It's tough to find a job everywhere: in the US, in China, in Europe, and in India. Think education is the answer? I don't. Economic Times reports amillion engineers in India struggling to get placed in an extremely challenging marketSomewhere between a fifth to a third of the million students graduating out of India's engineering colleges run the risk of being unemployed. Others will take jobs well below their technical qualifications in a market where there are few jobs for India's overflowing technical talent pool. Beset by a flood of institutes (offering a varying degree of education) and a shrinking...
  • Parents withdraw from inquiry into death of U.S. engineer Shane Todd

    05/21/2013 11:30:43 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 2 replies
    The parents of a U.S. engineer found dead in Singapore last year said on Wednesday they will not take part in the rest of a coroner’s inquiry into his death, which they say was linked to a project involving the transfer of sensitive technology to China. In a statement issued through their lawyers, Rick and Mary Todd said they had lost confidence in the system investigating the death of their 31-year-old son, Shane, who was found hanging in his Singapore apartment last June. The Todds did not appear in court on Wednesday, the day after a U.S. medical examiner they...
  • California teenager invents device that can charge cell phone in 20 seconds - flat

    05/21/2013 2:21:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | May 20, 2013
    Called the supercapacitor, this revolutionary device can charge cell phones within 20 seconds. The brainchild of 18-year-old Esha Khare of Saratoga, California, the lucky teen collected $50,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this week.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - The device is sure to make waiting around for your cell phone to recharge a thing of the past, In addition, the gizmo packs more energy into a smaller space than traditional phone batteries -- and holds the charge longer. Khare traveled from her California home to Phoenix last week for the Intel International Science...
  • Information Arises on Chiheb Esseghaier, al Qaeda Terrorist Arrested in Canada; Was PhD Student

    04/22/2013 1:00:43 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 14 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/22/13 | Aurelius
    Canada and the United States foiled an attempted attack by al Qaeda today, arresting Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser. Among other things, Esseghaier, it has been learned, was a PhD student at INRS University in Quebec. On Esseghaier's Linkedin profile, he posted this picture as his profile: His profile lists various colleges that he has attended, including INRS, Université de Sherbrooke, and IPEST in Tunis. Esseghaier states that he is able to speak Arabic, French, and English. Esseghaier explains in a short biography he wrote on a personal website: Born in Tunis, Tunisia. I got Engineer degree in Industrial Biology...
  • Engineerial problem

    07/20/2012 1:02:24 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 38 replies
    07/20/12 | Not known
    A technical department in a Soviet university. An introductory lecture. The professor: For a start I'll explain to you, who an engineer is. There is a factory which receives daily a truckload of alcohol necessary for its operating. The factory has a huge tank with a tap to hold the alcohol. A female employee uses the tap to distribute the alcohol according to written orders. After each shift the tank is emptied with the same tap. Now I have a question to you all: How will an engineer steel some alcohol from the tank?"
  • Anyone who has need of a Dynamic Testing (PDA) operator? (Vanity)

    05/20/2012 5:46:25 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 12 replies
    vanity | May 20, 2012 | myself
    I'm looking for a summer job as a Pile Driving Analyst (PDA) operator. I know this is a political website, but I know there's a bunch of successful businessmen and engineers who visit this site.
  • Philippine military 'kills three wanted militants'

    02/02/2012 5:51:15 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Wire
    The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. The air raid took place on Thursday in an area known as a militant stronghold. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed. Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, who was on the US FBI's most wanted list with a $5m (Ł3.2m) reward offered for his capture, was reported killed. According to the military, the militants were killed in the town of Parang on Jolo island,...
  • Defense Secretary urges care in spending reductions while visiting Fort Leonard Wood

    05/20/2011 7:29:19 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/19/2011 | John D. Banusiewicz/American Forces Press Service
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (May 19, 2011) — Finding $400 billion in additional defense spending reductions over the next 12 years will require careful thought that considers the risks the reductions create, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. In a question-and-answer session with students at the U.S. Army Engineer School here, Gates warned against what he called the “managerial cowardice” of across-the-board cuts, advocating instead an approach that retains excellence in the missions the military keeps while cutting missions and programs that have value but would pose an acceptable level of risk if eliminated ... Gates said “politically...
  • Army Engineer ENFORCE Conference underway, seeking lessons for future

    04/09/2011 4:24:03 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 4/7/2011 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 7, 2011) — Top Army engineers are gathering this week for the annual ENFORCE conference at Fort Leonard Wood, but people wearing stars and birds won’t be the only ones speaking. Lt. Col. Timothy O’Brien, who serves as the conference coordinator, emphasized that the senior leaders’ conference is an opportunity for those in key decision-making positions to hear from lower-level engineers who have recently returned from combat in Afghanistan or Iraq. Much of the focus of the conference will be on lessons learned, and that requires up-to-date information. “We will have (a) panel which is...
  • Army engineers unveil memorial to fallen soldiers at ENFORCE conference

    04/09/2011 4:19:36 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 4/8/2011 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 8, 2011) — Army personnel didn’t heavily publicize it because the World War II museum chapel on post was already expected to be filled beyond capacity, but engineer soldiers held a service for fallen engineers Thursday night and unveiled a memorial to engineers who have died in the current War on Terror. The memorial is made of marble and engraved with the names of all engineer soldiers who have died in combat since the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, said Lt. Col. Tim O’Brien, who is coordinating the ENFORCE engineer senior leader conference currently underway...
  • Army Engineer ENFORCE Conference underway, seeking lessons for future

    04/09/2011 4:14:01 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 4/7/2011 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 7, 2011) — Top Army engineers are gathering this week for the annual ENFORCE conference at Fort Leonard Wood, but people wearing stars and birds won’t be the only ones speaking. Lt. Col. Timothy O’Brien, who serves as the conference coordinator, emphasized that the senior leaders’ conference is an opportunity for those in key decision-making positions to hear from lower-level engineers who have recently returned from combat in Afghanistan or Iraq. Much of the focus of the conference will be on lessons learned, and that requires up-to-date information. “We will have (a) panel which is...
  • Citizen activist grates on state over traffic signals

    02/03/2011 1:37:16 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 30 replies
    News & Observer ^ | Feb 03, 2011 | BRUCE SICELOFF
    RALEIGH -- David N. Cox says he was merely exercising his right to petition the government, but a state Department of Transportation official has raised allegations that Cox committed a misdemeanor: practicing engineering without a license. Cox and his North Raleigh neighbors are lobbying city and state officials to add traffic signals at two intersections as part of a planned widening of Falls of Neuse Road. After an engineering consultant hired by the city said that the signals were not needed, Cox and the North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners' Associations responded with a sophisticated analysis of their own.
  • Abdul Kadir Arrested in JFK Plot (Guyana news source)

    06/03/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT · by Shermy · 31 replies · 2,150+ views
    Starbroek News, Guyana ^ | June 3, 2007 | Heppilena Ferguson
    Four men including former PNCR Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir were yesterday charged by United States law enforcement officials with allegedly conspiring to blow up the John F Kennedy International airport as well as tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines. Those charged with Kadir are former JFK worker Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-born US citizen; Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad; and Guyanese Abdel Nur. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad, while Defreitas was held in New York. Up to press time, however, Nur had not been apprehended and was thought to be still at large in Trinidad....
  • Ottawa Bank Firebombing Was Just Beginning, Police Fear

    06/19/2010 2:05:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 547+ views (THE OTTAWA CITIZEN) ^ | June 19, 2010 | by Gary Dimmock, CanWest News Service
    SNIPPET: "OTTAWA — The May 18 firebombing of an Ottawa bank was feared to be just the start of a "domestic terrorism" campaign launched by three anarchists bent on acts of destruction at the G20 summit in Toronto, with one of the accused firebombers stockpiling boxes of ammunition and gunpowder, the Ottawa Citizen has learned." SNIPPET: "Ottawa Police Chief Vern White had publicly branded those who attacked the bank branch as terrorists days after the firebombing, which was filmed and posted online in a "catch-me-if-you-can" video by a group called FFFC-Ottawa. The acronym stands for Fight for Freedom Coalition, according...
  • Man arrested in Pakistan trying to board plane with batteries and electrical circuit in shoes

    05/09/2010 6:38:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 1,046+ views ^ | May 9, 2010
    Pakistani officers arrested a man at Karachi airport after batteries and an electrical circuit were found in his shoes as he tried to board a plane for the Middle East, an official said. The 30-year-old civil engineer allegedly told interrogators he came from Pakistan's northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where Taliban and Islamist militants have a presence, and had been scheduled to travel to Muscat by Thai Airways. Mohammad Munir, Airport Security Force spokesman, said the bearded man, whom he named as Faiz Mohammad, was arrested when a scanner sounded an alarm. The suspect was not found in possession of explosives,...
  • Afghan police, grader operator aid stuck Missouri National Guard vehicles

    03/06/2010 6:31:59 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies · 502+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 2/17/2010 | Jon E. Dougherty/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan (Feb. 17, 2010) — Late in the afternoon a convoy on a route clearance patrol mission rolled into an Afghan village which would serve as the furthest point of the day’s patrol. Members of the 203rd Engineer Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard, and 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery (the 5-3), 17th Fires Brigade, an active duty unit based at Fort Lewis, Wash., were working together in road conditions made hazardous by melting snow as well as insurgent-planted explosives. Two-thirds of the way through the village the convoy’s lead vehicle, commanded by Staff Sgt. Gary Rhodes...
  • Face of Defense: Student Finds Path in Army

    03/03/2010 8:46:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 242+ views
    Face of Defense
    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan , March 3, 2010 – Robert J. Goggins started his college career with the goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. Instead, he joined the Army as an infantryman. Army Pfc. Robert J. Goggins shakes hands with a resident of Kandagal village in the Manogai district of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Feb. 21, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Albert L. Kelley   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. His life as a soldier in Afghanistan is markedly different from his life as a NASA intern and as a student at the University of Virginia, but he said...
  • Missouri Guardsman describes engineers' use of route clearance mission to improve Afghan relations

    02/13/2010 3:34:11 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 1/14/2010 | By Jon E. Dougherty/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTI, Afghanistan (Jan. 14, 2010) — As time for the pre-mission brief drew near, crews began to gather around 1st Lt. Chris Johnson, their platoon leader. Dawn had begun to break and a winter chill hung in the air. As Johnson prepared to speak, a senior NCO waved the crews closer to form a semi-circle facing the junior officer. “Intelligence says there was a cache found [nearby] containing quite a bit of bomb-making materials, but other than that, there is nothing new,” said Johnson, of Basehor, Kan. “We’ll be the first mission down this route in a...
  • Army's 'Best Sapper' competition coming back to Fort Leonard Wood

    02/13/2010 2:44:48 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 7 replies · 615+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 2/13/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 13, 2010) — Servicemembers who think they’re some of the toughest military engineers are being invited to compete in this spring’s “Best Sapper” competition from April 17 to 21 at Fort Leonard Wood. The competition, which is the Army engineer equivalent to the Army’s “Best Ranger” competition, is open not only to soldiers in the 21-series MOS engineer category but also other soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines who have earned the “Sapper” shoulder tab. The event “will test the mental and physical stamina, as well as the tactical and technical skills of the participants,” according...

    02/09/2010 3:24:37 AM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 788+ views
    CNS ^ | February 9, 2010 | by Patrick Goodenough
    SNIPPET: "( – With a message to Beijing to “stop sending your spies here,” a U.S. judge on Monday sentenced a Chinese-born former Boeing engineer to more than 15 years in prison for economic espionage and acting as an agent for China. Although former Boeing engineer Dongfan Chung was convicted last July, his sentencing in the District Court in the Central District of California coincides with a rocky period in U.S.-China relations, amid disputes over Tibet, arms sales to Taiwan, Internet surveillance, and trade and climate change issues. Sentencing Chung, 73, to 188 months in prison, Judge Cormac Carney said...
  • 25 Brits in jet bomb plots (returning Yemen to UK early 2010-await instructions)

    12/27/2009 4:26:08 PM PST · by maggief · 72 replies · 2,884+ views
    The Sun ^ | December 27, 2009 | ANTHONY FRANCE Crime Reporter and ALEX WEST
    COPS fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners. The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen. It was there London-educated Umar Abdulmutallab, 23, prepared for his Christmas Day bid to blow up a US jet. The British extremists in Yemen are in their early 20s and from Bradford, Luton and Leytonstone, East London. They are due to return to the UK early in 2010 and will then await internet instructions from al-Qaeda on when to strike. A Scotland Yard source said: "The great fear is Abdulmutallab is the first of...
  • US Plane Suspect 'a London Student'

    12/25/2009 7:17:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 212 replies · 9,823+ views
    This is London ^ | Saturday, December 26, 2009
    An al Qaida-linked suspect who allegedly tried to blow up a transatlantic plane is studying at a UK university, it has been reported. The Nigerian is accused of trying to detonate a powdery substance on a plane from Amsterdam as it prepared to land at Detroit with 278 people on board. US sources said he was subdued by passengers and has since claimed to have been acting for al Qaida. He has been named by ABC News as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, an engineering student at University College London, with the broadcaster citing US government documents. The suspect, who has...
  • NatWest handed Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage...

    12/19/2009 1:53:57 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 920+ views
    DAILY ^ | Last updated at 2:42 PM on 16th December 2009 | by Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>"NatWest handed Al Qaeda terrorist 100% mortgage to buy Ł93,000 home he turned into a bomb factory"</p> <p>SNIPPET: "A bank has sparked outrage by handing over a 100 per cent mortgage to an Al Qaeda terrorist who smuggled himself into Britain.</p>
  • Judge criticizes U.S. evidence on Guantanamo Bay detainee (Colleen Kollar-Kotelly)

    09/28/2009 8:49:35 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 13 replies · 580+ views
    Texarkana Gazette ^ | 09/26/2009
    WASHINGTON (AP)— A federal judge has ordered the release of a Kuwaiti man held at Guantanamo Bay and rebuked the U.S. government for relying on scant evidence, uncredible witnesses and coerced confessions to hold him for more than seven years. In an opinion declassified Friday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said government attorneys presented a “surprisingly bare” record during four days of classified hearings last month to oppose Fouad Al Rabiah’s request for release from the U.S. naval detention facility in Cuba. She said the aviation engineer is being held almost exclusively on confessions obtained through abusive techniques and that...
  • Search on for Palo Verde engineer missing since Saturday

    09/15/2009 2:31:06 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 1,721+ views ^ | 11:54 AM Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | Javier Soto and Catherine Holland /
    GLENDALE -- SNIPPET: "Cornelius Hardy, who often goes by Neil, was last seen Saturday evening at his home near 67th Avenue and Glendale Road. Friends and family have gathered at that home this morning. Annette Hardy said she came home at about 8:30 p.m. to find her husband gone. Hardy's family said the 41-year-old is consistent in his routine and that it's not at all like him to simply disappear. They said they have checked his credit cards and cell-phone records and found no activity since Saturday." SNIPPET: "Hardy has high security clearance at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant,...
  • First Air Force Officer Takes Command of Army Engineer Corps District

    07/14/2009 4:50:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 487+ views
    Gulf Region Division commander, Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre (left), passes the flag to Gulf Region South District commander, Air Force Col. Jeffry Knippel, during the historic July 9 change-of-command ceremony while outgoing commander, Col. John Drolet looks on. Knippel is the first Air Force officer to command a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ district. (GRD photo) TALLIL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Gulf Region Division (GRD) in Iraq made history July 9, when Col. Jack Drolet relinquished command of the USACE's Gulf Region South (GRS) district to Col. Jeffry D. Knippel, the first U.S. Air Force officer...

    07/09/2009 1:33:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 963+ views ^ | July 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: 09 July 2009 EGYPT ARRESTS TERRORIST CELL OF 25 MEMBERS CAIRO, July 9 (Xinhua) The Egyptian authorities have arrested a terrorist cell of 25 members, 24 Egyptians and one Palestinian, for plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Suez Canal, Egyptian Interior Ministry said in statement issued on Thursday. According to the statement, the members of the cell who believe in Jihad (Holy War) were located in Cairo, Alexandria and Daqahlia governorates and communicated through internet with other terrorist groups outside Egypt. The cell's members, mostly engineers, were developing high-tech and electronic devices...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Fills Gap With Civilian Skills

    05/27/2009 9:50:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. Elisebet Freeburg, USA
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, May 27, 2009 – As thousands of additional troops arrive in Afghanistan, one concern has been having enough civilian experts to fill an increasing shortage in support roles. Last month, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he may ask reservists skilled in certain areas to deploy and fill those roles until replacements arrive. Joint Sustainment Command Afghanistan engineer Army 1st Lt. Alex R. Chester III installs wiring while building the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command compound at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Chester uses his civilian engineering skills to support the build-up of troops in Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo...
  • An Engineer's Guide to Voting (Ginger Cat for President)

    05/18/2009 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 8 replies · 976+ views ^ | 10/16/08 | Gutsy Movie Productions
    Click here for hilarious video!
  • U.S. Air Force Engineering Flight Awarded Top Honor (RED HORSE)

    01/23/2009 3:05:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. John Gordinier,USAF
    Senior Airman Brandon Lindley finishes up a testing sample Jan. 16, 2009. The sample measures the strength of concrete, which will be used in upcoming projects throughout Balad. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. JOINT BASE BALAD — The engineering flight of the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron here has earned the Brig. Gen. Archie S. Mayes Award for 2008 -- an Air Force-level award that recognizes the most accomplished CE programs flight for the year. “[The flight] feels honored,” said Capt. James Rosner, Green team lead project manager. “This [Air Expeditionary Force] rotation and the...
  • Face of Defense: U.S. Engineer in Iraq Earns Top Honors (ESSAYONS)

    01/12/2009 3:31:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 347+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 – A project engineer from the Balad Resident Office in Iraq was selected as one of the 2009 “Top Five New Faces in Engineering” for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Liz Burg, a project engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Balad, Iraq, briefs Richard Hancock, Gulf Region Division chief of programs, about the Pipeline Exclusion Zone project. Burg was recently named one of the “Top Five Faces in Engineering” by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Elizabeth Burg, an Army civilian who...
  • Engineer Apparently Sent Text Message Before Crash

    09/13/2008 6:49:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies · 336+ views Exclusive ^ | Sep 13, 2008 6:18 pm US/Pacific
    CHATSWORTH, Calif. (CBS) ― Metrolink officials Saturday put the blame squarely on the engineer of the train for the deadly crash that has claimed at least 25 lives. They say he ran a red light. But a group of local teens, train enthusiasts, who know the engineer well doubt that he was to blame. They called their friend professional and caring and said he helped them learn about trains and being an engineer. To a man, they said he would "never" have been reckless or unprofessional or run a red light. But one minute before the deadliest crash in Metrolink...
  • Metrolink: Engineer Responsible For Deadly Crash

    09/13/2008 5:20:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies · 914+ views ^ | Sep 13, 2008 3:17 pm US/Pacific
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) ― A commuter train engineer who ran a stop signal was blamed Saturday for the nation's deadliest rail disaster in 15 years, a wreck that killed at least 25 people with more bodies still to be pulled from the smoldering, twisted metal. A preliminary investigation found that "it was a Metrolink engineer that failed to stop at a red signal and that was the probable cause" of Friday's collision with a freight train in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. She said she believes the engineer, whose name was not released, is dead....
  • Returning Army Engineer Reunited with Iraqi Engineers After Five Years (ESSAYONS)

    06/15/2008 9:03:33 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 142+ views
    Team members visit a renovated school. Most schools in southern Iraq showed years of neglect so the renovations normally included window and door repair, new lights, bathroom fixtures and painting. Darrow’s six-person FEST-A team started 170 projects, including 49 schools, during four months in 2003. Courtesy photo. FOB KALSU — He was among the first helping rebuild key facilities in southern Iraq shortly after Saddam Hussein’s regime was toppled. This month, Lt. Col. Michael Darrow returned to Iraq on another U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission. This time he will be the Officer-in-Charge of the Forat Area Office overseeing 42...
  • Face of Defense: Flight Engineer Reaches 10,000-Hour Milestone

    04/08/2008 6:30:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 97+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Senior Airman Ross M. Tweten, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 8, 2008 – A flight engineer with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron surpassed 10,000 flight hours during a KC-10 Extender mission March 29. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert Fisher, 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron flight engineer, steps off a KC-10 Extender after his landmark flight surpassing 10,000 flight hours for his career, March 29, 2008. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Senior Master Sgt. Robert Fisher, a St. Petersburg, Fla., native home-stationed at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., ended his landmark flight with 10,003 hours. “The most difficult...
  • Defense engineer gets 24 1/2 years in prison in export conspiracy (Chi Mak)

    03/24/2008 1:59:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 606+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/24/08 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    A Chinese-born engineer convicted of conspiracy to export U.S. defense technology to China was sentenced Monday to 24 1/2 years in federal prison by a judge who said the defendant betrayed his adopted country. Chi Mak, 67, who worked on naval propulsion systems, was also convicted of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, attempting to violate export control laws and making false statements to the FBI. Federal prosecutors asked for 30 years, while Mak's defense team proposed 10 years. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Mak asked U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney for leniency before sentencing....
  • Face of Defense: Engineer Sees Hospital as ‘Once in Lifetime’ Project

    01/30/2008 3:42:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 188+ views
    BASRA, Iraq, Jan. 30, 2008 – The Basra Children’s Hospital project can get its hooks into people. Workers take a lunch break while others work at the Basra Children’s Hospital, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project in Iraq’s Basra province. Photo by Mohammed Aliwi  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Take Army Lt. Col. Kenneth McDonald, for example. He’s an area deputy commander in the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and he leads the Basra Area Office in the division’s southern district. Part of his job is overseeing the Basra Children’s Hospital project,...
  • No new trial for China-born engineer in defense export conspiracy (Chi Mak faces up to 45 years)

    01/07/2008 6:20:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 99+ views
    A federal judge denied a motion Monday for a new trial in the case of a Chinese-born engineer convicted of conspiring to export U.S. defense technology to China. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney rejected Chi Mak's motion after a hearing that included testimony from several defense witnesses. Carney set Mak's sentencing for March 24. Mak could face up to 45 years in prison. Mak, 67, was convicted last May of conspiring to export U.S. defense technology to China, including data on an electronic propulsion system that prosecutors said could make submarines virtually undetectable. A jury also found him guilty of...
  • Army Engineers Looking for Strong Finish on Projects in Iraq

    12/03/2007 5:12:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 110+ views
    TALLIL — The Adder Area Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hoping to wrap up more than a dozen projects of different sorts before the end of the year. Navy Cmdr. Mike Lang, officer in charge of the office, said the intent is to end the year “with a strong finish” by closing out a significant number of projects. The office is part of the Corps’ Gulf Region South (GRS) district, which serves Iraq’s nine southern provinces. Among the projects being eyed for completion before year’s end are three primary healthcare centers (PHC) in Dhi Qar...
  • Engineering terror

    11/14/2007 2:58:44 AM PST · by Clive · 11 replies · 169+ views
    National Post ^ | 2007-11-14 | (editorial page
    For decades, and most particularly since Sept. 11, 2001, commentators have noted the curious prevalence of higher education amongst members of radical Islamist movements. The idea that poverty is a "root cause" of radical terrorism can no longer be put forward without attracting snickers -- at least not without some further account of why it is the brightest and educationally best-equipped in poor societies who turn to violence. Of course, no one can be surprised that university campuses should serve as incubators of radicalism in the Muslim world, since they have served the same function here for so long. The...
  • US scientists engineer 'mighty mice'

    11/01/2007 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies · 121+ views ^ | 11/01/2007 | staff
    US researchers have engineered a line of "mighty mice" whose human equivalent would have similar abilities to the bicycling champion Lance Armstrong, according to research published Thursday. The breed of mice can run six kilometers (four miles) at a speed of 20 meters (yards) per minute for up to six hours without stopping, according to Richard Hanson, a biochemistry professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. "They are metabolically similar to Lance Armstrong biking up the Pyrenees; they utilize mainly fatty acids for energy and produce very little lactic acid," said Hanson, the senior author of the article...
  • Even Without Math, Ancients Engineered Sophisticated Machines

    10/02/2007 5:58:55 PM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 463+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-2-2007 | Harvard University
    Source: Harvard University Date: October 2, 2007 Even Without Math, Ancients Engineered Sophisticated Machines Science Daily — Move over, Archimedes. A researcher at Harvard University is finding that ancient Greek craftsmen were able to engineer sophisticated machines without necessarily understanding the mathematical theory behind their construction. Recent analysis of technical treatises and literary sources dating back to the fifth century B.C. reveals that technology flourished among practitioners with limited theoretical knowledge. "Craftsmen had their own kind of knowledge that didn't have to be based on theory," explains Mark Schiefsky, professor of the classics in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences....
  • HUMINT: Honesty Wins

    09/04/2007 3:39:04 PM PDT · by humint · 4 replies · 288+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 04 September 2007 | humint
    Judaeo-Christian values are considered by many in the West to be what separates modern civilization from intellectual, moral and spiritual chaos of the societies that threaten and denigrate the West. Honesty and fidelity are indeed the Judaeo-Christian values on record. While these traits observably exist among Western-Western relations, do not credit Westerners for the invention of honesty and fidelity. Instead, Westerners discovered the success of such behavior through the trials and tribulation of disease, famine and war. The genius of Western Civilization is not contained in individual piety found among Western prophets but instead derives from a collective genius, repeatedly...
  • Engineer Helps Give Afghans Skills to Rebuild

    01/12/2007 5:22:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Defense News ^ | Capt. Stacie N. Shafran
    Capt. Dave Lin discusses details regarding the camp's new conference center with site engineer Renato, Jan. 11, in Afghanistan. Lin is an engineer with the International Security Assistance Force headquarters. U.S. Air Force photo U.S. Air Force Capt. Dave Lin Engineer Helps Give Afghans Skills to Rebuild By Capt. Stacie N. Shafran International Security Assistance Force Headquarters KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2007 -- A day in the life of a project engineer fills up pretty quickly. Between meetings and constant walks around the base to survey projects, there's concrete to be poured, gravel to be delivered and contractors needing...
  • CA: Engineer indicted in alleged plot to sell military trade secrets(Chinese nat'l,Canada citizen)

    12/14/2006 7:04:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 540+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 12/14/06 | Jordan Robertson - ap
    A Chinese engineer was charged Thursday with stealing trade secrets from a Silicon Valley company that made military training software and attempting to sell them to Asian governments. Xiaodong Sheldon Meng, 42, a Chinese national with Canadian citizenship, was indicted on 36 felony counts, including the rare charge of economic espionage to benefit a foreign government and various violations of military technology export laws. In an unrelated but similar economic espionage case, two other engineers pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing proprietary computer chip designs from four technology giants and attempting to smuggle them to China. Prosecutors say Meng stole the...
  • 40th Engineer Soldiers Make a Difference in Iraq

    10/03/2006 6:11:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 387+ views
    Defense News ^ | Ken L. Holder
    BASRAH, Iraq, Oct. 3, 2006 — A group of California National Guardsmen from the 40th Engineer Brigade are making a difference in Iraq serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Basrah Area Office of the Gulf Region South District. “There are three of us serving down here in Basrah,” said Maj. Zac Delwiche, a liaison officer with the Oil Area Office. “We all have different jobs, but the Corps is making good use of all of our skills.” Delwiche is joined in Basrah by fellow 40th Engineer Brigade soldiers: Master Sgt. Bob Lamoureux and Sgt 1st Class...