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American Academy of Environmental Engineers Announces New Certification
December 22, 2011

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers announced it will begin accepting applications from highly qualified Environmental Scientists for a separate new Academy certification …

New Report Done On Aging Water Infrastructure
December 22, 2011

Aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. businesses $147 billion over the next decade, a new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) found.

Call for Papers Extended for Cold Climate Conference
December 21, 2011

The call for papers deadline for the Seventh International HVAC Cold Climate Conference, Nov. 12-14, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has been extended to Jan. 6, 2012.

2011 Career and Service Award Winners at IEEE GLOBECOM 2011
December 20, 2011

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the leading worldwide professional organization dedicated to the advancement of communications technologies, honored this year’s career and service award winners…

AWEA, ASCE Sign Joint Agreement
December 19, 2011

Achieving a benchmark that could lead to more efficient permitting for wind turbine equipment, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) signed a joint agreement…

ASSE Announces Safety 2012
December 16, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced ‘Safety 2012,’ the Society’s annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exposition…

O&M Mini-Conference Featured in Tech Program
December 15, 2011

With low and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and operations and maintenance.

Biomedical Program Receives Safety Projects, Honored for Research
December 14, 2011

Of four new research projects announced recently by Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center, two include the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

Award for Sustainable Development To Begin Accepting Entries
December 13, 2011

The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is accepting entries beginning Jan. 2, 2012 from students of all engineering fields, architecture, building and construction management, and chemistry.

Virginia Tech Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Funding
December 12, 2011

Virginia Tech has announced that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…

PCI Updates Its Quality Control Schools
December 9, 2011

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announces that Level I and Level II Quality Control Schools now test from the third edition of TM-101, which launched in mid-October.

Public Comment Period for Updated ASCE Standards Announced
December 8, 2011

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced it will conduct a public comment period from January 1, 2012 through February 15, 2012 on three updated standard guidelines.

2012 PCI Convention Call for Papers and Student Posters
December 7, 2011

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), the foremost developer of standards and methods for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures, is now accepting abstracts …

ASHRAE Technology Awards Highlight Outstanding Building Projects
December 6, 2011

Designers of systems for a university building, a cancer center, an ice rink and other commercial building are recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)…

AIA and ABC Announce Marketing Partnership Agreement
December 5, 2011

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently announced a marketing partnership agreement…

Bats Show Ability to Change Their Ear Shapes
December 5, 2011

“Certain bats can deform the shapes of their ears in a way that changes the animal’s ultrasonic hearing pattern. Within just one-tenth of a second, these bats are able to change their outer ear shapes from one extreme configuration to another,” said Rolf Müller, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech.

RJEC Announces December 2011 Monthly Meeting
December 5, 2011

The Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) has announced that their December 2011 meeting will be held on Thursday, December 8th …

Dewberry Named Esri Gold Tier Partner
December 2, 2011

Dewberry, a nationally recognized consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia, has recently been named to the Gold Tier in Esri’s Partner Network.

Research Grant Awarded In Memory of FDNY Assistant Chief
December 2, 2011

Bentley Systems, Incorporated has awarded a research grant to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Scientific and Educational Foundation…

"The Virginia Engineer" Goes Mobile
December 1, 2011

IIr Associates Inc., a publishing, marketing, and business development firm, has announced the launch of a new mobile website,…

How Mosquitoes Fly in the Rain
December 1, 2011

Mosquitoes, which thrive in hot, humid climates, are as adept at flying in rainstorms as under clear skies.

Wine Swirling Inspires Engineers
December 1, 2011

Wine drinkers know that swirling a good vintage around in a glass aerates the wine and releases its bouquet. Just how the process – known as “orbital shaking” – works, however, has been something of a mystery.

Ticking Away the Centuries
December 1, 2011

A monument-size mechanical clock housed deep within a remote mountain in West Texas quietly ticks away the hours, days, years, centuries, and millennia.

Austin Brockenbrough Receives Design-Build Project Award
November 30, 2011

Austin Brockenbrough & Associates is pleased to announce the recent award of the engineering design portion of a $12.5 million engineering project…

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