President’s Note •
Policy Briefing •
Let’s focus the nation’s priorities
A House subcommittee recently held
a hearing to evaluate a proposal
that seeks to reduce damage from
natural hazards by encouraging
states to adopt building codes.
News Briefs •
The Curiosity rover lands on
Mars, a national high school
engineering program sees its first
class graduate, Nebraska tests green-
powered street lights, and more.
Researchers at Kansas State
University are developing an
artificial intelligence program that
can objectively determine the health
of a bridge on the basis of crack
properties and beam stiffnesses.
© JEREMY BITTERMAN, COURTESY OF RAFAEL VIÑOLY ARCHITECTS
A Question of Ethics •
When engineers change jobs, credit
for their former projects should
remain with the original firm.
History Lesson •
Horace King, who spent the first 39
years of his life as a slave, became a
renowned designer of bridges whose
work is still admired today.
 Civil Engineering SEPTEMBER 2012