The publicly owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, is named the Gordie Howe International Bridge in recognition of the legendary hockey player, a Canadian who led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup victories. Construction began in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2024.

Seismic Reflections: Siting the Gordie Howe Bridge

The construction of any large infrastructure project requires a strong foundation, especially one with the longest main span of any . . .

Nina Mahmoudian, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Inspired by nature—Getting underwater robots to work together, continuously

Imagine deploying multiple undersea robots, all in touch and working together for months, even years, no matter how rigorous the . . .

According to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), distributed energy resources like these photovoltaic (PV) systems in a Boulder neighborhood—especially when they are paired with on-site storage—may eventually make large centralized power plants obsolete. Photo Credit: Topher Donahue

Demand dispatch—Balancing power in the grid in a nontraditional way

Traditionally, in the electric power grid, generation follows electric power consumption, or demand. Instantaneous fluctuation in demand is primarily matched . . .

Vital signs—Powering heart monitors with motion artifacts

More than 90 percent of US medical expenditures are spent on caring for patients who cope with chronic diseases. Some patients . . .

A Michigan Tech research team led by Zhanping You tests a new, cooler way to make rubberized asphalt.

Where rubber becomes the road—Testing sustainable asphalt technologies

Over 94% of the roads in the United States are paved with asphalt mix. Each year, renovating old highways with new . . .

A damaged  Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after its lithium battery caught fire. Photo Credit: Shawn L. Minter, Associated Press

The holy grail of energy storage—Solving the problems of lithium anodes

State-of-the-art mechanical characterization of pure lithium metal, performed at submicron-length scales, provides signifcant physical insight into critical factors that limit the . . .

A section of BSC’s drug-eluting Eluvia stent system, designed to restore blood flow in the peripheral arteries above the knee.

Interventional devices—Improving quality of life

As an R&D director at Boston Scientific Corporation, Heather Getty works with a cross-functional team of experts to develop products and solutions . . .

Phosphorus eaters—Using bacteria to purify iron ore

Many iron ore deposits around the world are extensive and easy to mine, but can’t be used because of their . . .

Bull Kelp, a brown seaweed used to produce alginates, can grow as much as 2 feet per day. Photo credit: Jackie Hindering, www.themarinedetective.com

The healing power of seaweed—Shedding new light on alginate microgels

Using seaweed to treat wounds dates back to Roman times. Alginate extracted from kelp and other brown seaweeds are still used . . .

Verification and validation—Predicting uncertainties early on

The verification and validation (V&V) process for a typical automotive vehicle and powertrain electronic control unit takes approximately two years, and . . .