The idea was simple: show kids how the work of a civil engineer impacts their daily lives and, just maybe, spark their interest enough to get them excited about their own future careers.
Charles “Chadd” Kahlsdorf (’14 MS Eng. Tech. Mgmt.) recently penned a children’s book about his chosen profession. He’s a principal engineer for a regional infrastructure engineering firm in Des Moines, Iowa, with experience in street and pavement design, grading and erosion control, water distribution systems, and more.
“There are a lot of picture books of structures and buildings, but I had never seen a book explain civil engineering at a kid’s level,” … » More …
Oregon State University Press: 2020
Places can possess us. Think of the stubbled, ochre hills of the Palouse in the chaffy light of October. No place possesses me more than the landscape defined by two rivers, the Lochsa and the Selway, where the rumpled land of the Bitterroot Mountains lies in the V between them.
Nearly 20 years ago, I told the writer DJ Lee, a Regents Professor of » More …
Edited by Michael Mays
WSU Press: 2020
Many of the academic essays in this book, the second in the Hanford Histories series, were first presented in 2017 at the Legacies of the Manhattan Project at 75 Years conference in Richland, situated along the southern edge of the Hanford Site. In his introduction, Michael Mays — professor of English at WSU Tri-Cities, director of the Hanford History … » More …
WSM staff picks
Here’s what the staff of Washington State Magazine has been reading, watching, and listening to since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
Larry Clark (’94 Comm.)
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (Gallery Books, 2017) – Haddish’s comedy shines through some rough times in this memoir. I was laughing out loud during several parts.
The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner (Harper, 1972) – A classic of science fiction and environmental destruction
Ivory Apples by Lisa Goldstein (Tachyon Publications, 2019) – I enjoy a good novel about fiction becoming reality, and obsession. Goldstein’s words are gripping and, at … » More …