Engineers Use Their Noodle
Each year, Professor Michael Karweit requires students in his freshman engineering course to build a 1-meter-long, 750-gram bridge using nothing but spaghetti and glue. Not just a tribute to great Italian thinkers (Da Vinci? Galileo? Fellini?), the spaghetti bridge is Karweit's way of pushing students to combine engineering theory and practice.
The finished projects are entered into an open competition,
held this year on Nov. 9 at the Maryland Science Center. Explains
Karweit, "Maris St. Cyr at the center knew that I do this project
and thought it would be a wonderful way to make fun science
available to the outside community."
Crocker To Head Research At
James H. Crocker officially filled the position on Oct. 27. He is the first associate director of research for CAS, which was created in 1985 to support and oversee large astrophysics projects at Hopkins.
An electrical and systems engineer by training, Crocker
spent 10 years at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where he
led a team of scientists in repairing the Hubble Space
Telescope's flawed optics in 1994.
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