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WORKING IN THE FAST LANE — 3D CADD programs helping engineers design better roads

By BECKY GILLETTE Wouldn’t it be nice to actually see how a road is going to look before building it? What if you could anticipate problems before encountering them in the middle of construction, thus avoiding delays that cost time and money? With the use of modern three dimensional computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, engineers can come close to ...

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Education, experience, examination key to becoming an architect

By NASH NUNNERY So, you want to be an architect? Nobody enters the field of architecture solely on the premise that it’s cool. Not even downtrodden Seinfeld character George Kostanza, who often introduced himself as architect extraordinaire Art Vandelay in certain social situations. Actually, the process to becoming an architect can be a bit arduous. It involves finding the right ...

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Bagley School launches biomedical degree program

Special to the MBJ The Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University in Starkville has expanded its undergraduate degree offerings to include a new opportunity in biomedical engineering. The approval made by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees will allow Mississippi State students to formally enroll as biomedical engineering majors during the 2017 fall semester. With ...

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A BIG VISION … for tiny houses — Prentiss architect has learned how to get the most out of the least amount of space

By BECKY GILLETTE Tiny houses are now a popular trend across the U.S. with a couple of television programs and numerous articles about the phenomenon that is being heralded as a way to provide home ownership to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it while reducing environmental costs. Having worked as an architect in Mississippi for a couple of decades, one ...

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

By LISA MONTI A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in ...

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MDOT site aims to aid STEM education

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has launched a new website to bolster STEM education in state schools. The science, technology, engineering and math website is designed to get more students interested in transportation industry careers, particularly civil engineering. MDOT said the website is part of its ongoing push to provide more educational opportunities to Mississippi’s students so they can better ...

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From Zambia to Jackson: Local engineer brings service project skills to Waggoner Engineering

For dozens of families in Simwatachela, Zambia, the road to clean, life-sustaining water goes through Starkville, Miss. Thanks to Waggoner Engineering’s Katie Bryant, who as a student at Mississippi State University, participated in a trip to the impoverished country through Engineers Without Borders to deliver clean water to the remote African village. Bryant couldn’t predict a gratifying service experience in ...

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Ellis Screws is construction chief

Ellis Screws was recently selected as chief of its Construction and A&E Branch of the Contracting Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. Screws will be the contracting officer responsible for the award of contracts for Construction, and Architectural & Engineering services for the Vicksburg District. Screws previously was a contract specialist within the District’s Contracting Division. ...

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MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound McDowell Road exit at the ...

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MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point I did not like school ...

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