For Freshman Engineers, A Leg Up

For Freshman Engineers, A Leg Up

At Wentworth, even freshmen have the chance to work with industry—right from the get-go. In last spring’s Introduction to Engineering Design course, first-year students worked together to tackle a challenge from Dr. Sang-Eun Song, a surgical robotics expert at Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Come up with a simple engineering solution to address the issue of...

Managing Great Expectations

Managing Great Expectations

Two decades ago, when Karen Arpino-Shaffer’s son was a busy toddler, she had a fail-safe way to get him settled for bed: stories from her day job. In charge of more than $500 million worth of transit projects for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), she never lacked for tales. One night, she’d tell him about a towering crane arriving...

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

DAVID BLITTERSDORF’S NEW OFFICE DOESN’T look lived in yet. It’s mid-April, and just a few weeks earlier, his six-year-old company, AllEarth Renewables, expanded its share of a converted warehouse space in Williston, Vt., a few miles east of Burlington. The new space is all warm greens, yellows, and oranges with bright maple wood trim, and...

Wild Thing

Wild Thing

ON MARCH 17, 2008, A COPY of a promotional video for a robot named “BigDog” was posted on YouTube. The clip went viral, becoming the most-watched clip on YouTube that day, with more than 2.5 million views. It currently ranks as the 11th most-viewed video of all time in YouTube’s science and technology category, with more than 11.1 million views. The video...

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

As the assistant secretary for finance and operations in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, his job is to further tighten already-taut belts, and the economic recession is making the job of managing a $15.3 billion budget—essentially, half the Commonwealth’s annual finances—harder and harder. “This is an unprecedented time...