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Project Idea: How Strong is Your Suspension Bridge?

A bridge in which the deck (the load-bearing portion) is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders is called a suspension bridge. With tall towers, long spans, and gracefully curving cables, they are beautiful examples of the work of civil engineers. Wonder how the cables and towers carry the load that is on the bridge? In this [Read On]

Bridge Building Robots Programmed to be like Army Ants

Are today’s engineers and scientists really relying on Army ants for direction on how to program bridge-building robots of the future? It turns out Army ants are so good at balancing the cost-benefit trade-off of building living bridges that observing them can teach humans about collective intelligence. Army ants are known for building “body bridges” [Read On]

Professional Spotlight: Jaclyn Raciti–Making a Difference in Rail Systems

Jaclyn Raciti was often told she would be a successful engineer because she was an exceptional math and science student in school. But it was during her undergraduate years at Drexel University that she found her passion for civil engineering. She wasn’t always sure which area of civil engineering she wanted to pursue. However, it [Read On]