What a hot summer! I don't know about where you are, but here in Arkansas it has been hot for months with no rain. One hundred-degree-plus temperatures are the new norm! What better time is there to stay indoors and spend some quality time with your August issue of Structural Engineer magazine?
We've got a jam-packed August issue for you.
Cheri Leigh, P.E., S.E., is a trailblazing structural engineer who co-founded Leigh & O'Kane Structural Engineers in Kansas City, Mo., in 1986, a firm she has helped grow into one of the most recognized firms in the area. Besides being a great role model for aspiring female engineers (well, all engineers, actually!), Cheri devotes a great deal of energy to a number of causes that help others in her community. We're tickled to put Cheri in the spotlight this month!
Sally Gimbert has contributed an excellent article titled, "Sustainability from a fundamental perspective' about her experience working in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there that killed thousands a couple years ago. She gives some good insight into how to make better projects going forward and the importance of creativity to the structural engineer's work.
Christina Zweig has an excellent piece in our Structural Engineer from History feature about Wendell Bollman. Bollman was a pioneer who developed an iron truss that revolutionized railroad bridge design in the mid-1800s. He actually worked for the B&O railroad (known to all thanks to the Monopoly game). There's only one of his bridges left today in Savage, Md., where it has been restored and preserved as a National Historic Engineering Landmark.
Our Letters to the Editor section is full with some great feedback. There's also an extensive article on the 2012 Best Structural Engineering Firms to Work For. And finally, you'll get to read the ever-insightful Rich Weingardt's column, frankly the first place I go when I get my mag at the office each month.
That's only about half of the interesting stuff you will find in this month's magazine. We're proud to bring you the August issue of Structural Engineer magazine and hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did creating it for you. And please, always give us your feedback – good or bad – by writing any of our editors, including myself, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark C. Zweig,