Engineering Contributions: Environment, Business, & Philanthropy

Dr. Seth D. Guikema, NY D ’97, an assistant professor in the department of geography and environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University has “developed a computer model built on outage data from 11 hurricanes to estimate the fraction of customers who will lose power…” due to Hurricane Sandy.

According to the article, Dr. Guikema believes it is possible that 10 million people could lose power, but this prediction could change as the forecasts become more definitive.

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The Business Insider is reporting that the NBA board of governors has approved the sales of the league’s Memphis Grizzlies basketball team to Robert Pera, CA Y 2002. The deal has not been finalized yet, and Pera does not plan on making a public statement until then.

Pera is the founder of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc., is currently the CEO at Ubiquiti, and was formerly a wireless engineer at Apple. He has also assembled several co-partners that will own a portion of the NBA team, including Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning. “According to one analyst, he’s (Pera) the kind of CEO who’s more into products and innovation than operations and finance.” Read the article

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The University of South Carolina (USC) has announced a pledge received to establish a new institute for aerospace innovation. The gift was given by Anita Zucker, widow of Jerry Zucker (SC G ’68) former president and CEO of the InterTech Group. Read the press release from USC

The new Zucker Institute for Aerospace Innovation will compliment the University’s new McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. Click here to read an article from The Post and Courier for more information on Anita Zucker and her late husband Jerry Zucker.

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