Do you know why Mississippi’s roads have a red tint? I didn’t, but I do now. It’s one of the dozens of bits of information I’ve picked up by working with Bulldog Engineers for the past six years.

As a non-engineer writing about the Bagley College, I always learn something when I set out to cover a story. In particular, working on an issue of Momentum magazine always leaves my head buzzing with new information. This issue was no exception.

With the coverage on page 10, I learned that there’s a lot of science involved in baseball. A video clip discussed here opened my eyes to the vulnerability of brain tissue. For the story found here, alumni and researchers taught me about the capabilities of “smart” technology.

As usual, I also picked up fun bits of trivia that don’t fit into the text of the articles. For instance:

• Bobak Ferdowsi commemorated big moments for the Curiosity rover with special hairstyles. The now-famous look he sported during the landing was selected through an email poll by his coworkers.

• The home of a hibernating animal is called a hibernaculum. For bats, this site must not only provide shelter from weather and predators, but also provide protection from light and noise.

• The tree in the photo essay - Engineers in the Wild - was cut down not long after that photo was taken. A campus favorite, the sycamore received damage during a storm and was removed before it became hazardous.

Oh, and as for those red roads, the color comes from the aggregate used in the asphalt—a river-run gravel common in the state. Similarly, limestone aggregate used in Alabama gives roads a gray color and granite in Georgia leaves its roads with a black and white-speckled look.

Though most of you reading this possess an engineering background, I hope you find something in our publication to educate and entertain you. As always, if you have any thoughts, comments or ideas, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We love to hear from you.

Happy reading,

Susan Lassetter
Publications Editor

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