attraction<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Gateway-Arch-alumni_group-1200x600.jpg?RenditionID=12" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div><br/></div>St. Louisans love the Gateway Arch, but we rarely visit it. And why would we? The Gateway Arch is a tourist attraction, not necessarily a community draw.<br/><br/>Three Washington University in St. Louis alumni — Anna Leavey, MArch ’91, MCM ’11; Sarah Melinger, BA ’91; and Eric Moraczewski, EMBA ’16 — want to change that mindset.<div><br/>The team works for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, the nonprofit that joined forces with local, state and federal entities, private donors and civic organizations to revitalize the Gateway Arch and the public spaces that surround it. So far, the foundation has unveiled a new visitor center and museum, installed new biking and jogging paths along the Arch grounds and launched new events such as the free Blues at the Arch concert series and Arch Bark pet event. The foundation also has reimagined Kiener Plaza, adding a playground and splash pad, and made improvement to the riverfront. There are yoga classes and happy hours in the summer and ice skating in the winter.<div><br/><blockquote>“New Yorkers use Central Park. Chicagoans use Millennial Park. And St. Louisans should use this park,” says Melinger, director of development for the foundation. “You aren’t going to the top of the Arch every month, but you should come down for a free exercise class or concert series. We want people to check in and say, ‘What’s happening at the Arch this weekend.’”<br/></blockquote></div><div>On July 3, St. Louisans converged at the Arch for the debut of the renovated visitor center and underground museum. The entrance, a sleek, glass semicircle, now faces the Old Courthouse where slaves Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom. No longer populated by taxidermied buffalo and animatronic settlers, the museum employs artifacts, video, photography and interactive displays to tell a richer, more complex story about Westward Expansion and St. Louis’ role in the evolution of the United States. Veteran National Park Service historian Bob Moore, MA ’96, PhD ’03, researched and developed the new exhibits.<br/><br/>On the projects’ competing goals: “Every partner, whether its was the city of St. Louis or the National Park Service had a list of ‘must haves.’ And then there were dozens of other players like the Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation and the Army Corp of Engineers, each with differing priorities. I really leaned on my WashU education to help me work with different groups and help everyone achieve their objectives.”<br/>“The museum experience is both more accurate and more accessible,” says Moraczewski, who previously founded a growth strategy company before becoming executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “The story is told for all abilities, so whether you are blind or low vision, deaf, in a wheelchair or have a different style of learning, you can have the same experience.”</div><div><br/>Moraczewski’s favorite artifact is the Old Rock House, which was built in 1818 and was one of five riverfront buildings to survive the great fire of 1849. Its stones and doors, in storage since the building was dismantled in 1959, have been reassembled in the museum’s “Riverfront Era” gallery.</div><div><br/>“You can learn so much about St. Louis from this one building, which was once a fur trading post and later became a speakeasy,” Moraczewski says. “It’s one of the many objects here that connect directly to this place. You could have moved the old museum to Colorado or anywhere on the Lewis & Clark Trail, but this experience really explains the role St. Louis — and these grounds specifically — played in our country.”</div><div><br/>No less amazing than the new museum is the lushly landscaped bridge that seamlessly connects the Old Courthouse to the Gateway Arch. Before, visitors had to cross six lanes of traffic and a highway overpass to get to the Arch. The trek was so harrowing for some that the nearby Hyatt would hire taxis to safely ferry guests across the street. The new Luther Ely Smith Square offers shade trees, benches and the best view of the Arch.<br/>“We’ve had to replace the sod three times since the square opened in 2015 because this is the spot to take pictures. It’s a great problem to have,” says Leavey, who walks the Arch grounds every Friday to observe how visitors are using the new public spaces. “The magnificence of the entrance now matches the grandeur of the Arch.”<br/><br/>Directly west of the Old Courthouse is a new Kiener Plaza, which hosts weekly exercise classes, happy hours, concerts and “Kiener Kids” playdates, as well as ice skating in the winter. Leavey says the foundation has installed extra tables and chairs to accommodate the swell of St. Louisans who take their lunch breaks at the plaza.<br/>“People used to walk along the edges of Kiener Plaza; no one ever wanted to walk inside,” says Leavey, who served as director of construction for the project. “But now it’s a meeting place. People bring their children here to play. People will walk from City Garden to the Arch because there are places to rest and things to see. This project shows how landscape and smart urban planning changes people’s behaviors in a really positive way.”</div><div><br/>The revitalized Arch is the largest public-private partnership in National Park Service history. Taxpayers approved a sales tax which raised $85 million in bond funds, and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation raised some $250 million in private donations, including a substantial gift from the family of the late Jack Taylor, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder and Washington University trustee emeritus. The balance was covered by city, state and federal funds. The project has created 1,000 construction jobs and is expected to draw 3.25 million more tourists to the Arch, about a million visitors more than its previous average attendance. Melinger hopes Washington University students are among them.</div><div><br/>“St. Louis is their home now,” Melinger says. “And we want them to enjoy everything this city has to offer.”<br/></div></div><p>​<br/></p><div><div class="cstm-section"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; font-family: "open sans", sans-serif; font-size: 1.34em; text-align: center; border-bottom: 1px solid #b0b0b0; padding-bottom: 12px;">Anna Leavey<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Lan-Yang.aspx"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/Anna-Leavey-760x552.jpg" alt="Pratim Biswas" style="margin: 5px; width: 208px;"/></a> <br/></strong></div><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Director of Construction, Gateway Arch Park Foundation</li><li>Degree: Master of Architecture ’91, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Master of Construction Management ’11, School of Engineering & Applied Science</li><li> Prior experience: Served as director of construction for BJC, where she oversaw the construction of several new facilities. </li><li> <span style="font-size: 1em;">On transitioning from </span> <span style="font-size: 1em;">architecture to construction: “When I was an architect, I loved being on the job site. Finally, I had to ask myself, ‘Why am I spending 90 percent of my time behind a computer when I really like to see things built.’ That’s especially been true for this once-in-a-lifetime project, which has been so complex and so transformative.”</span><br/></li></ul></div></div> <br/>Three alumni — (from left) Anna Leavey, Eric Moraczeswski and Sarah Melinger — work for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, which joined public and private organizations in a multi-year effort to refurbish the museum and grounds.Diane Toroian Keaggy of Washington University alumni proved pivotal in the transformation of the Gateway Arch grounds and museum. The only thing missing now, they say, is you!<p>​Efforts of Washington University alumni proved pivotal in the transformation of the Gateway Arch grounds and museum. The only thing missing now, they say, is you!<br/></p> how buildings are made<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Lotus-House-exterior-2-1200x600.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>From consumer goods to medical devices, 3D printing is reshaping the manufacturing world. But what about construction? Could this technology change the way buildings are made?<br/></p><p>That’s the question posed by a team from Washington University in St. Louis. <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Over the past eight months</a>, students from the <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts</a> and the <a href="/Pages/home.aspx" style="box-sizing: inherit;">School of Engineering & Applied Science</a> — with support from the <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES)</a> — have used 3D printing to design and fabricate elements of <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Lotus House</a>, an energy-efficient prototype residence unveiled this month as part of <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Solar Decathlon China 2018</a>.</p><p>In this Q&A, project manager Kinga Pabjan, a master’s candidate in architecture and construction management, discusses Lotus House, 3D printing and the future of sustainable construction.</p> <figure style="float: right;"> <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;"> <img src="" alt="Kinga Pabjan" style="box-sizing: inherit; border-width: 0px; width: 330px; display: block; margin: 5px;"/></a> <figcaption class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 1rem; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.333; color: #626464; margin-top: 0.25em;">Team WashU project manager Kinga Pabjan.</figcaption></figure> <p> <strong style="box-sizing: inherit;">Describe Lotus House. What inspired the design?</strong></p><p>Lotus House is a 650-square-foot, single-story home. The exterior is composed of curved, overlapping panels, arrayed around a central axis like a blossoming flower.</p><p>We were inspired by the beauty, delicacy and cultural importance of the lotus. But we didn’t start with the lotus. Our initial intention was to use emerging technologies, particularly additive manufacturing, to create organic form. We wanted to challenge the possibilities of 3D printing.</p><p> <strong style="box-sizing: inherit;">The circular footprint is very striking.</strong></p><p>We had the only non-orthogonal design in the competition. But traditionally, corners are poorly used. A circular building limits wasted space.</p><p>We also wanted to create an open environment that allows for natural human circulation and promotes healthy feng shui. The floor plan suggests the cycle of daily living: coming home, preparing food, relaxing with others, readying for bed. Curved sliding doors enable occupants to maximize flexibility and change the spatial flow.</p> <figure class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px auto 1.5em; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; border: none; background-image: none; caret-color: #3c3d3d; color: #3c3d3d; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19.2px;"> <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;"> <img data-attachment-id="288293" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="3000,2000" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"4","credit":"","camera":"ILCE-7M3","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1517814582","copyright":"","focal_length":"17","iso":"640","shutter_speed":"0.00625","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Lotus-House-interior-1" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-large wp-image-288293" src="" alt="" style="box-sizing: inherit; border-width: 0px; width: 914px; margin: 5px; display: block;"/></a> <figcaption class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 1rem; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.333; color: #626464; margin-top: 0.25em;">Lotus House, interior view.</figcaption></figure> <p> <strong style="box-sizing: inherit;">Solar Decathlon projects typically take years to design and construct, but Team WashU completed Lotus House in about eight months. How did you pull it off?</strong></p><p>The majority of our team, including myself, participated in <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">CRETE House</a>, which Team WashU spent two years preparing for in 2017 at the U.S. Solar Decathlon in Denver. So we have some experience with design-build competitions. For Solar Decathlon China, we met twice a week, and more frequently near the end of the spring semester, when we were 3D printing furniture and wall samples.</p><p>Each student focused on a given task: landscape, furniture, interior, structure, etc. We typically worked in pairs, then brought what we produced to the group. Everyone would gather around a large table, with (faculty adviser) <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Hongxi Yin</a>, to discuss and design together.</p><p>Then, the team had to figure out how to turn that design into reality. In St. Louis, we worked with <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Additive Engineering Solutions</a> to produce furniture and a sample wall framework. In China, we spent five weeks working closely with <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;">Beilida</a> to produce the walls and roof — and to finalize floors, HVAC, electrical systems, insulation and other parts — before construction began July 9.</p> <figure class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px auto 1.5em; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; border: none; background-image: none; caret-color: #3c3d3d; color: #3c3d3d; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19.2px;"> <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;"> <img data-attachment-id="288284" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="3000,1999" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"7.1","credit":"","camera":"ILCE-7M3","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1518053293","copyright":"","focal_length":"70","iso":"320","shutter_speed":"0.01","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Lotus-House-interior-2" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="wp-image-288284 size-large" src="" alt="" style="box-sizing: inherit; border-width: 0px; width: 914px; margin: 5px; display: block;"/></a> <figcaption class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 1rem; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.333; color: #626464; margin-top: 0.25em;">A 3D-printed side table.</figcaption></figure> <p> <strong style="box-sizing: inherit;">Team WashU used 3D printing to create custom formworks, which served as molds for the concrete side panels. What inspired that approach?</strong></p><p>The sustainability benefits. A typical wooden formwork can only be reused two or three times before it’s tossed into a landfill. The initial price of a 3D-printed mold is higher, but it can be reused a hundred times. 3D-printed formworks also create far less waste, use a fraction of the energy and save time, since fabrication can begin as soon as the digital description is created.</p><p>And the design possibilities are practically unlimited! 3D-printed molds eliminate traditional manufacturing-process restrictions. Our exterior roof and wall panels have a unique parabolic design that carries organically to the interior. The panels fit together like overlapping petals.</p><p>As 3D printing becomes more affordable to the construction industry, I think we’ll see a lot more organic designs produced.</p> <figure class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px auto 1.5em; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; border: none; background-image: none; caret-color: #3c3d3d; color: #3c3d3d; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19.2px;"> <a href="" style="box-sizing: inherit;"> <img data-attachment-id="288278" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="3000,1844" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"6.3","credit":"","camera":"ILCE-7M3","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1517788216","copyright":"","focal_length":"19","iso":"320","shutter_speed":"0.0004","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Lotus-House-exterior" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-large wp-image-288278" src="" alt="" style="box-sizing: inherit; border-width: 0px; width: 914px; margin: 5px; display: block;"/></a> <figcaption class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 1rem; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.333; color: #626464; margin-top: 0.25em;">Lotus House.</figcaption></figure> <p> <strong style="box-sizing: inherit;">Are you proud of how the project turned out?</strong></p><p>It has exceeded our expectations.</p><p>Lotus House is extremely ambitious in terms of the technologies used, the complexity of the form and the tight timeline. We also were trying to push the boundaries of what people are willing to do at Solar Decathlon. And after installing the first wall panel, we knew that it was going to be a success.</p><p> <strong style="box-sizing: inherit;">What has this experience taught you?</strong></p><p>Architects typically don’t spend a lot of time on construction sites, and sometimes may not fully understand how a building is fabricated. So to have this hands-on experience was extremely rewarding.<br/></p><p>At this stage in our careers, to be managing actual projects and construction jobs is just invaluable.<br/></p><hr/><p>The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 96.5 tenured/tenure-track and 28 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students and 20,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.</p> <br/>Lotus House, a 650-square-foot residence designed and built by Team WashU in the northwestern city of Dezhou for the 2018 Solar Decathlon China. Seven students led the design team. Liam Otten Pabjan, project manager for Team WashU at the 2018 Solar Decathlon China, discusses Lotus House, 3D printing and the future of sustainable design.<p>​Kinga Pabjan discusses Lotus House, 3D printing and Team WashU at Solar Decathlon China<br/></p> the media: Cybersecurity engineering, a new academic discipline (Venture Beat)<p>​Cyber startups and legacy technology companies know exactly how to attract top undergraduates: a six-figure salary, a signing bonus, even a new car. With these luxuries in reach, choosing to forgo the job offer in pursuit of advanced higher education seems irrational for most new grads. However, this is exactly what’s being asked of them by the cybersecurity industry — an industry with zero unemployment and a severe skills shortage in both private sector employment and higher education.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Venture%20Beat%20WashU%20Engineering%20Cybersecurity%20Class.PNG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>With <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3.5 million cybersecurity jobs</a> expected to open by 2021, employers will continue to seek out prospective job candidates from technical schools and undergraduate programs to fill them. This may satisfy the immediate need well enough, but it does not address the demand for cybersecurity professionals with advanced degrees, which is becoming even more acute.<br/></p><p>According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">median pay</a> in 2018 for a cybersecurity analyst is likely to reach well over $100,000.</p><p>To encourage students to pursue the next level of education, we in academia must demonstrate that there is a clear path to better opportunities in terms of professional career advancement, including compensation, when entering the workforce with an advanced degree.</p><p>Despite — or because of — this challenge, universities must take a step back and listen to what industry needs before developing their cybersecurity master’s and PhD programs. By focusing on the skills and experience cybersecurity departments are lacking, universities can develop curricula that prepare graduates to meet an employer’s exact needs.</p><p>In order to create a new foundation for these programs, administrators and faculty must provide the educational environment to foster interest from undergraduate students earlier in their course of study, find creative ways to recruit faculty with expertise in cybersecurity, improve cybersecurity laboratory capabilities, and establish talent pipelines to corporate and government organizations that offer positions for high-quality cybersecurity talent.</p><h3>Finding faculty</h3><p>Highly qualified cybersecurity faculty are sought after as much as — if not more than — industry professionals. To hire and foster new faculty, institutions need to offer meaningful cybersecurity research opportunities that enable them to test new theories and solve real-world problems, all while building the PhD pipeline.</p><p>Another draw for faculty is a student body truly interested in their field of study. To drive this interest, cybersecurity must be “baked in” at the undergraduate engineering level, particularly in programs that deal directly with coursework like computer science. Offering immediate exposure to introductory cybersecurity courses at the undergraduate level – as opposed to one or two courses as part of computer science major requirements – will help engage students earlier. This exposure will incite interest in pursuing the opportunities of advanced graduate degrees and careers in cybersecurity. Key throughout the educational experience is that students develop and hone “real-world” cybersecurity skills.</p><h3>Focusing the coursework</h3><p>Whether students are mathematicians, computer scientists, computer engineers, or electrical engineers, masters and PhD programs in cybersecurity must provide both theoretical and hands-on engineering expertise to solve the complex cybersecurity problems affecting all public and private enterprises.</p><p>With regard to program content, many cybersecurity master’s programs blend the managerial with the technical. Given the demand — and the need — for highly skilled cybersecurity experts, it’s time to transition away from this approach and elevate cybersecurity to a standalone engineering discipline.</p><p>Master’s and PhD candidates in cybersecurity engineering must cultivate the acumen to design, engineer, and assess the software, hardware, applications, and technology that comprise our information and communications infrastructures.</p><h3>Equipping laboratories</h3><p>These infrastructures have impacted every industry through advances in computing. Cybersecurity can no longer be an afterthought in technology design and development. For example, the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“WannaCry” ransomware</a> that hit global organizations, affecting hundreds of thousands of businesses, universities, and even hospitals, exploited a known vulnerability in computer systems. Programmers were aware of the potential trouble months prior to the attack, but playing catch-up to remedy the problem is more challenging that understanding how to cyber-harden technology from the beginning and provide ongoing security protections throughout its lifespan.</p><p>This is why universities must develop cybersecurity laboratories and ranges that mimic real-world environments. In laboratories, students can evaluate cyberattack vectors, assess cyber defense methods, and design and develop new methods, protocols, and techniques. These environments also enable faculty and students to secure funding from private and public organizations to advance research. Compared to other fields, cybersecurity research in academia is nearly non-existent. Without the laboratory capabilities and program infrastructure to ensure we progress the field forward, we will continue to react to cyberattacks … and pay the price.</p><h3>Partnering with industry</h3><p>Leading cybersecurity executives claim it takes multiple years to effectively train a new hire to become proficient in the range of skills required of a cybersecurity practitioner. In order to reduce the large amount of time and resources that takes, industry should help shoulder the burden with universities to develop and improve cybersecurity degree programs. Similarly, universities must listen to their clients and create courses that align with the needs of corporate and government clients. By building cybersecurity masters and PhD programs with the client in mind, while also taking into account the growing academic body of knowledge, academia can expand the pipeline of skilled cyber engineers. While masters candidates will enter professional roles ready to perform on day one, those students who become PhD candidates will advance the state of the art in cybersecurity research while also building a cadre of much-needed academicians in the field.</p><p>Regardless of whether graduate students ultimately choose industry or academia, one thing is clear: Cybersecurity engineers who pursue higher levels of education will make a direct and positive impact on our collective digital security anywhere they may land.</p><p>To learn more about cyber education programs and get involved, a few helpful resources include:</p><div><p></p><p></p><blockquote style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><ul><li><a href="/Programs/Pages/cybersecurity.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="font-size: 1.125em; background-color: #ffffff;">Prospective Cybersecurity Students at Washington University in St. Louis</a><br/></li><li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="font-size: 1.125em; background-color: #ffffff;">National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)</a><br/></li><li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="font-size: 1.125em; background-color: #ffffff;">National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition</a><br/></li><li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="font-size: 1.125em; background-color: #ffffff;">Cybersecurity Jobs</a><br/></li><li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="font-size: 1.125em; background-color: #ffffff;">LaunchCode</a><br/></li></ul></blockquote><p></p><p></p></div><p><em>Joe Scherrer is Director of the Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis and a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel.</em><br/></p>Matej Kastelic/ShutterstockJoe Scherrer, guest column for Venture Beat's Director of the Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative, Joe Scherrer, says the cybersecurity industry has zero unemployment and a severe skills shortage in both private sector employment and higher education. WashU Engineering stories of 2017<p>WashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2017, and implemented a new strategic plan — <a href="/our-school/strategicplan/Pages/default.aspx">Leadership Through Excellence. </a><br/></p><p>Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2017:<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202017.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <br/> </h3><div class="newsauthor"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Eleven-new-faculty-to-join-School-of-Engineering-Applied-Science.aspx">1. Eleven new faculty to join School of Engineering & Applied Science </a></h3><div class="newsauthor">“Adding these faculty members at both the junior and senior ranks is a big step in the growth of the size and depth of our research and education programs that are enabled by the expansion of our facilities that is underway," said Aaron F. Bobick, dean.<br/></div></div><div class="newsauthor"><div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <a href="/news/Pages/Beginning-the-east-end-transformation.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; font-family: 'libre baskerville', 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 1.25em;">2. Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of university’s east end transformation project</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">Washington University in St. Louis is embarking on a major transformation of the east end of its Danforth Campus. The project includes two new buildings dedicated to engineering.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/A-probiotic-stress-fix.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. A probiotic stress fix</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is using a mouse model to develop a probiotic that, when mixed into yogurt or taken as a pill, could combat the negative health effects of adrenaline rush and excessive stress.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Pushing-the-imaging-envelope.aspx">4. Pushing the imaging envelope</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis plans to push the envelope of microscopic imaging, to better visualize the molecules involved in Alzheimer’s disease. <br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Study-casts-doubt-on-the-warming-implications-of-brown-carbon-aerosol-from-wildfires.aspx">5. Study casts doubt on the warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">As devastating wildfires rage in California wine country, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have made a new discovery about wildfire smoke and its effect on the atmosphere.<br/><br/></div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/WashU-engineers-to-study-better-design-for-robotics-autonomous-technology.aspx">6. WashU engineers to study better design for robotics, autonomous technology</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">Xuan "Silvia" Zhang and Christopher Gill received a four-year, $936,504 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to orchestrate modular power in a modular manner at the mesoscale, an area that has not yet been studied.<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Better-than-a-pill.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">7. Better than a pill</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">With a new $1.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health, a team from Washington University in St. Louis plans to develop a silk-based system to better alleviate the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Studying-the-brains-suspension-system-in-TBIs.aspx">8. Studying the brain’s suspension system in TBIs</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">New research from a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis takes a closer at this “suspension system” and the insight it could provide to prevent TBI.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Test-uses-nanotechnology-to-quickly-diagnose-Zika-virus.aspx">9. Test uses nanotechnology to quickly diagnose Zika virus</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">​Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly detects the presence of Zika virus in blood.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Common-heart-ailment-target-of-new-WashU-Engineering-research.aspx">10. Common heart ailment target of new WashU Engineering research</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">Jon Silva and his team will study how small molecules and proteins interact with ion channels in the heart to cause and prevent arrhythmia, when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or is too unstable.<br/></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>​<br/><br/></p> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>#washuengineers top social media posts of the year<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Created by a WashU engineer, this gift will inspire.</a><br/></p><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">These are the stories behind our scholarships (Video)</a></p><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>instagram: </strong><a href="">Fresh off the press! #washuengineers #WashU17</a><br/></p></div></div></span> <p> <br/> </p>2017-12-18T06:00:00ZWashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2017, and implemented a new strategic plan — Leadership Through Excellence. Q&A with Adam Kuchy '14<img alt="Adam Kuchy" src="/news/PublishingImages/Adam%20Kuchy.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><strong>Employer:</strong> McGrath & Associates Inc.</p><p><strong>Job Title: </strong>Project Engineer</p><p rtenodeid="32"><strong>Undergraduate Degree: </strong>BS, Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Ambrose University</p><p><strong>How has your Master's Degree helped your career? </strong>The WashU MCM degree enabled me to get my foot in the door of the construction industry and introduced me to a career in the construction/built industry on the project management side of the table. </p><p><strong>What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? </strong>I have failed in the past and realize that I am not immune to failure in the future, but I am never going to back away from trying and continuing to better myself, the people around me, and my any project that I am involved with in the future.</p><p><strong>Who was your favorite professor during your program? </strong>It is difficult to narrow it to a single instructor. Roger Loesche challenged each us in each class and week to "learn something new every day," a skill I am passing onto my children. Paul Todd Merrill opened our minds to the idea that construction should be done with an "environmental point of view." It can be both financial and ethically beneficial to the owner and to Earth. Of course, Steve Bannes cannot be left out. From my first class to my last class with him, he was supportive, challenging and insightful in both my education and progress in the construction industry.</p><p><strong>Best piece of advice for future student? </strong>If you are unsure that you will have time to commit to the program, there is always a way. You will find that it will take a large commitment on your part and your family, but WashU has endless resources to support you.  </p><p><strong>What is your ultimate long-term goal? </strong>My goal is to continue to succeed in construction project management and always extend a hand to lift others up, even when it puts them in a better position than me. I hope I never stop learning, and when I can, teach others what I have been taught.  <br/></p>Adam Kuchy2017-11-14T06:00:00Z"Paul Todd Merrill opened our minds to the idea that construction should be done with an "environmental point of view." It can be both financial and ethically beneficial to the owner and to Earth."<p>​Master of Construction Management, Class of 2014<br/></p>