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December 11, 2015

Last month marked the anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge, which opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1957. “The Mighty Mac,” a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, connects…Read More >>

November 18, 2015

Last month marked the 75th anniversary of the closing of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. From 1935 to 1939, the World’s Fair committee planned, built, and organized the fair and its exhibits, creating the…Read More >>

October 6, 2015

September marked the anniversary of the Appleton Edison Power Plant, the first Edison hydroelectric central station and predecessor to the landmark Vulcan Street Plant in Wisconsin. Built on the Fox River in Appleton, WI, and…Read More >>

September 1, 2015

August marked the birth month of Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, who supervised construction of the Pentagon and directed the Manhattan Project’s development of the atomic bomb during World War II. Leslie Richard Groves Jr. was…Read More >>

July 21, 2015

July marks the anniversary of the birth of Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, inventor, sculptor, and civil engineer, best known for his drawings depicting complex gadgets and machines that satirize technology. Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg…Read More >>

July 8, 2015

A rarely told story of modern suspension bridges involves the unbuilt projects that preceded the structures we know so well today. Richard Scott, author of In the Wake of Tacoma: Suspension Bridges and the Quest…Read More >>

July 1, 2015

June marks the month when construction began on the Cape Cod Canal in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The idea of constructing a canal to eliminate the costly and dangerous sea trip around the Massachusetts peninsula of…Read More >>

July 1, 2015

Few countries exist in which humans have exerted a greater influence in shaping the landscape than the Netherlands. Winner of the 2008 ASCE Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award, Robert J. Hoeksema, Ph.D., M.ASCE, will…Read More >>

June 26, 2015

All civil engineers know of the legendary Roebling family, but do you know how family dynamics shaped their contributions to the field? The Roeblings’ wire rope is still at work in today’s suspension bridges, high-rise…Read More >>

May 29, 2015

May marks the anniversary month of the opening of the Empire State Building, the New York City icon that revolutionized the construction of tall buildings. Construction of the 102-story edifice began in 1930 and was…Read More >>