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Engineering Thrills

roller coasterA lot of engineering goes into making today’s gravity-defying rides both exciting and safe. Read about some roller coaster designers and the skills they bring to creating the world’s most thrilling wooden, steel, and virtual-reality experiences.

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Survival Course

Odd Man Out Prism May 2014 coverAfrican-American males represent a sliver of engineering enrollment. More could succeed if schools understood what it takes to beat the odds. In its summer 2014 cover story, ASEE’s Prism magazine explores the challenges and experiences of black engineering students, including their lessons for higher education.

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Feature: Learning from Blight

Polluting BuilidingFor residents of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, Blue Mountain is a scar on the landscape and a health hazard. But for 120 sixth graders at Eyer Middle School in Macungie, Pa., Blue Mountain became a laboratory for understanding the nation’s problems with toxic waste and ways to clean it up.

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Feature: Engineers Give Speed Skaters an Edge

5000m Relay by John Thescone

In a sport where just fractions of a second can separate a winner from also-rans, engineering makes a big difference. Speed skating, for instance, once depended on endurance and brute force. Now, it’s as much a feat of science and technology as strength.

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Feature: Pure Intentions

A growing number of engineering students are tapping into clean water projects, some through campus chapters of Engineers Without Borders. As a nonprofit humanitarian organization, EWB works with developing communities to improve quality of life through sustainable engineering projects.

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