Tracking the Engineering Industry through the Work of Students

John Fisher kept a large collection of student work that came from students who he taught or from those who came to him for information. His collection of student work spans from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The origin of these works range from class reports to theses for master students to dissertations for doctoral students. Patterns emerge to show what was currently being … Continue reading Tracking the Engineering Industry through the Work of Students

1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake: The Californian Hotel

  On the warm summer morning of June 29, 1925, an earthquake with an moment magnitude of 6.8 shook the city of Santa Barbara to its core.  Resulting in the deaths of 13 individuals, countless lives were however saved as a result of keen forethought to shut off the gas lines following the initial quake.  To emphasize the importance of such a crucial decision, one … Continue reading 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake: The Californian Hotel

Spiral Bridge: Remnant of the Past

Once a symbol of a flourishing city is no longer, yet, its memory and importance still prevails.  Built in 1895 originally as a wagon bridge, the Spiral Bridge of Hastings, Minnesota was constructed in such a way to end in the downtown business district, rather than bypass it per request of the local residents.  A spiral design was chosen due to engineering restraints.  As such, … Continue reading Spiral Bridge: Remnant of the Past

The Cost of Life

Before Willis Slater, the first Director of Fritz Engineering Laboratory, came to Lehigh, he was an engineer physicist for the United States Bureau of Standards. In this job, he took on some of the biggest civil engineering problems and investigations in the country. One investigation stood out due to both the causes of it and the deadly repercussions of the event. It is a known … Continue reading The Cost of Life

We Don’t Negotiate with Terrorists

Structural damage to buildings can be precipitated by a variety of factors, one of which being human intervention.  Bombs are one such example that incurs injury to both material possessions and human lives as a result of the deleterious actions of assailants.   On April 24, 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden, six members of a militant group of West German terrorists dubbed the Red Army Faction … Continue reading We Don’t Negotiate with Terrorists

Exploration of Chicago’s Engineering Facilities

As a prominent civil engineer in his field of study, Willis A. Slater contributed significantly to various engineering projects throughout his illustrious career until his untimely death in 1931.  Not only did Slater serve as Director of Fritz Engineering Laboratory and Research Professor of Engineering Materials at Lehigh University, but he also worked closely with the Bureau of Standards as an Engineer Physicist during World … Continue reading Exploration of Chicago’s Engineering Facilities