The Big Dig during construction.
The Big Dig: Learning from a Mega Project

By Virginia Greiman   Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project, commonly known as the Big Dig, was the largest, most complex, and most technically challenging highway project in American history.

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Islands and Labyrinths: Overcoming Barriers to Effective Knowledge Transfer

By T.J. Elliott   To improve knowledge sharing, ETS has sponsored new-idea contests and forums—both virtual and face to face.

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EWB-JSC volunteer Evan Thomas working in Muramba, Rwanda, to assess a surface-water pipeline.
Engineers Without Borders

By Kerry Ellis   According to the World Bank, more than 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water, and 1.6 million children die each year as a result of illness related to inadequate water supply and sanitation.

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SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly instrument captured this image after a solar eruption and a flare.
Ten Systems Engineering Lessons Learned

By John Ruffa   When I was appointed the mission systems engineer of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) at Goddard Space Flight Center, I was understandably nervous.

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Interview with Robert Braun

By Don Cohen   NASA’s Chief Technologist talks about fostering innovation.

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Close-up image of crater Cabeus A near the moon's south pole
Moon Mission on a Shoestring

By Haley Stephenson and Matthew Kohut   When NASA announced that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) would upgrade from a Delta II to a larger Atlas V launch vehicle, a window of opportunity opened for an additional mission to the moon.

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The Knowledge Notebook by Laurence Prusak
The Knowledge Notebook: Believing in Science and Progress

By Laurence Prusak One of the great questions in history is why the Industrial Revolution that started in the eighteenth century and went on to radically change almost every aspect of the way people live developed in the West, and especially the northwest corner of Europe.

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On the Cover — Issue 39, Summer 2010

 

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