Seismic Fuses Designed to Save Buildings from Earthquakes

By Gregg Kleiner An electric fuse is a well-known safety device designed to prevent damage when an electrical panel, wiring, or circuit is overloaded. What if there were a way to “wire” entire buildings with something akin to massive fuses that would deform and dissipate seismic energy during an earthquake and thereby limit structural damage? […]

Beyond 40 Hours

Joshua Gess, Coach of the Rolling Beavers and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


The Benefits of a Long-term Industry Relationship

A Storied Building Earns a Well-deserved Makeover

By Steve Frandzel Since 1920, Graf Hall — originally Engineering Hall — has endured as a stalwart of the College of Engineering. Over the decades, its cavernous high bay has housed materials labs, hydraulics labs, and steam and gas engine labs, all served by a 5-ton overhead crane. Using a monstrous, two-story machine nicknamed “the […]

Engineering the American Dream

By Michael Gentilucci When Jai Kim (’59 B.S. and ’60 M.S., Civil Engineering) got on a cargo ship from South Korea to San Francisco in 1955, he had $150 in his pocket (the equivalent of about $1,400 today) and barely spoke English. He’d been admitted to a school in Texas, where he planned to study […]

A Broader Mission

An Understanding of Anthropology has Informed Dick Evans’ Engineering Career, Photography, and More