Solutions for the Common Good
Entrepreneur Applies Idea to Save Ecosystem
Quakewrap, founded by professor emeritus Mo Ehsani, creates fiber-reinforced polymer products for reinforcing structures, like the UN offices in Beirut. The company’s InfinitPipe technology could, for example, pump cold water to save dying coral reefs.It’s really the infinite pipe that makes this proposal economical.
Proud Moment for UA-Born Traffic Application
Associate professor Yi-Chang Chiu gave his team a big thumbs up when Metropia, an advanced prediction and routing app, hit the streets of Tucson, easing not only typical city congestion but also traffic on campus during sports events.Launching the app to the Tucson community, which has watched our app grow firsthand from that very first Startup Tucson weekend, is a particularly proud moment for myself and my team.
Earthquake Work Results in Building Code Changes
Robert Fleischman was principal investigator on a 10-year research project examining how to build precast concrete structures to withstand earthquakes. The project won the 2016 Charles H. Pankow Award for Innovation from the American Society of Civil Engineers.We attacked a complicated problem and conducted computer simulation and experimentation to develop a design procedure – then proved it worked in large-scale structural testing and changed the building codes.
Modeling Singles Out Damage to Ensure Safety
Achintya Haldar became a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2012 ̶ an honor in the society second only to being ASCE president. His 50-year research career has focused on using mathematical models to determine structural reliability of buildings.This is the magic: Just take a little bit of information, and we can then identify the whole structure and we can see where the damage is. Then we can send an inspector in to check a particular beam, so there’s no need to stop working in the building.