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THIS MONTH'S FEATURE ARTICLE
Engineers will be called upon to find solutions for the challenges the world will face in the 21st century. These articles highlight the diversity of the work which continues in the search for those solutions.

GORDON Paints Parking Spaces To Honor Wounded Veterans
April 2017

GORDON, a veteran-owned engineering and design firm, has established at its Chantilly Headquarters two parking spaces reserved for wounded military veterans. The special parking spots are part of a movement started by “Wounded Warriors Family Support” (WWFS). The recognizable Purple Heart color and large “Combat Wounded” signs are intended to be a visible “Thank You” and a reminder of those who have served and sacrificed while in the United States military.


GORDON Paints Parking Spaces to Honor Veterans.

GORDON and the building that houses its Headquarters office are owned by William H. Gordon, himself a combat wounded veteran from Vietnam. The original idea of reserving parking spaces was developed to honor the estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients. Mr. Gordon, who hails from a long line of military veterans including his own Father who was killed in action in WWII, wanted to encourage a greater sense of patriotism to his tenants and building visitors. Creating colorful parking spaces that recognize special people who were willing to lay down their lives for their country seemed an appropriate way to do so. Mr. Gordon is hopeful that other building owners will follow suit and reserve spaces for such heroes.

To date, over 2,000 signs have been distributed throughout the U.S. by WWFS at no cost to the recipients. Businesses, churches, schools, fitness centers, and government facilities from coast to coast have instituted Combat Wounded parking spaces.

Established in 1976, GORDON is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) offering a full complement of civil engineers, land planners, landscape architects, surveyors, and security professionals that provide comprehensive, multi-disciplined services that address the needs of public and private sector clients. GORDON is ranked as one of the top 25 civil engineering and landscape architecture firms in the DC Metro region by Washington Business Journal.



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GORDON Paints Parking Spaces To Honor Wounded Veterans
April 2017

GORDON, a veteran-owned engineering and design firm, has established at its Chantilly Headquarters two parking spaces reserved for wounded military veterans.

Improving Public Health and Safety With Satellites
March 2017

Tracey Holloway leads a group of 13 researchers drawn together as NASA’s Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST) who are trying to step outside their community of atmospheric scientists and satellite experts to…

UX Design Center Created
February 2017

A partnership between the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering and Midlothian-based AMC Technology has computer science students building user experience (better known as UX) enhancements…

Improving The Path To More Sustainable Plastics Production
January 2017

The second most-produced organic chemical in the world, propene is a key component of plastics found in consumer goods such as electronics, clothing and food packaging.

Eclipse To Give Scientists Rare Glimpse Into Ionosphere
December 2016

On August 21, 2017, darkness will fall for about three minutes as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. It will be a busy three minutes for scientists, including George Mason University researchers…

Flexible Solar Panel Goes Where Silicon Cannot
November 2016

In the very near future, recycling light energy may be easier than recycling any other item in your house.

VCU Joins Elite Group To Represent U.S. In International Organization
October 2016

Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) da Vinci Center has been accepted as an official partner of the European Innovation Academy…

Native Americans Featured In New STEM Project
September 2016

Recently, a new project, Natives in STEM, unveiled a unique resource to encourage Native American youth to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Navy Railgun Engineer & STEM Inspires Middle Schoolers at Summer Camp
August 2016

Madeline didn’t know if she liked STEM last year but decided, “eehh, I’ll give it a shot,” and enrolled in a Navy science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Summer Academy.

Columbus Winner of Unprecedented $40 Million Smart City Challenge
July 2016

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that Columbus, OH has been selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT)’s Smart City Challenge.

Navy Officials: 3D Printing To Impact Future Fleet with ‘On Demand’ Manufacturing Capability
June 2016

Is it possible to produce parts and equipment from scratch for Sailors – aboard ships and on demand?

Suite of Novel Electronic Systems Developed
May 2016

Woon-Hong Yeo, Ph.D. an assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has developed a suite of novel electronic systems that can be mounted on the skin and/ or inserted in the oral cavity.


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