Gordon Library is fortunate to have the opportunity to exhibit working model steam engines made by master model maker Daniel Fay. Mr Fay spent his career making models for Morgan Construction Company. These models were used to demonstrate operating characteristics of proposed Morgan equipment or to give physical form to concepts such as the Morgan No Twist Mill. Several of Fay’s Morgan models are on display in the Morgan Exhibit on the ground floor of the library. In his off hours, Mr. Fay indulged in his passion for historic gas and steam engines and was involved with a number of organizations devoted to the preservation of this technology and its evolution. Dan made and restored a large number of models, many of which were and are operational. Dan’s purpose was to demonstrate the various ways in which steam had been and could be controlled to produce the mechanical power needed for industry before the advent of the electric motor, and to preserve physical models of that technology for posterity. Several of Dan’s models are on display in “Moving Parts,” on loan from his family, combined with drawings of engines done by WPI students in the late 19th century. Although made as part of a student’s training in creating working drawings, the drawings are amazing in detail and beautiful to look at. The exhibition will be on display in the Class of ’41 Gallery, Gordon Library 3rd floor, until mid-July.
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The library now provides access to AccessEngineering which features fulltext content from a range of McGraw-Hill engineering publications. Includes the latest editions of classics such as Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, and many more.
Faculty: If you are linking to McGraw-Hill eBooks within your myWPI course sites, please check your links and point to AccessEngineering, not Knovel. Consult with a librarian for assistance.
Content is available within the following areas:
• Material Science
Sixty regional librarians are coming to WPI for Science Boot Camp Wed. June 8 through Fri. June 10 to learn about e-Science key concepts and internet-based research tools in select subject areas, and prepare to engage faculty about e-Science in their disciplines. Ken Stafford and Mike Gennert from WPI are presenting on robotics engineering. Other topics include astronomy and epidemiology.
Please welcome our visitors.
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Take part in the Knovel University Challenge and win great prizes. Use Knovel to research and find answers to questions about real-life engineering scenarios. Every entry with three correct answers is automatically entered in a drawing to win an iPad, a $500 cash prize, or one of several other cool prizes that range from Amazon gift cards to iPod Nanos. Visit Knovel University Challenge to get started.
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Guest Speaker: Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University
Tues. April 6, 2010 4-5pm Location: Higgins Laboratories 114
How do we ensure our digital research efforts are available current and future use in the life sciences and engineering?
“Science and engineering research and education are increasingly digital and data-intensive, which means that new management structures and technologies will be critical to accommodate the diversity, size, and complexity of current and future data sets and streams … But it’s not enough to simply discover data; you need to be able to access it and be assured it will remain available.”
– Quote from Choudhury within Sheridan Libraries Awarded $20 Million Grant press release.
Biography: G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is also a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins, a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Choudhury also serves as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the awards through NSF’s DataNet program. He has oversight for the digital library activities and services provided by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University.