Nov. 2018 – The Gateway Arch National Park presented a design flaw to aspiring engineers to solve in the form of a contest this fall. The posed problem is with the design of the Arch’s main entrance. It allows too much sunlight to flood both the entryway and the museum. Overwhelmingly bright sunlight hinders guests from fully enjoying their visit. The sunlight is also an annoyance to park rangers who work at the front desk.
The contest gave young engineers from four high schools and three universities several weeks to complete a proposed solution to the Arch’s sunlight dilemma. On the high school level, Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) was awarded the trophy. The winner from the college level entrants was Washington University.
TWM was proud to be one of the donors who supported this event. We believe playing a small role in training the next generation of engineers is one of the most important roles we tackle each year.
TWM’s Marketing Manager, Craig Brauer, PE, attended the event with his son who was on Gibault High School’s team. Brauer said, “Gibault High School’s solution was very similar to Washington University’s winning solution. I was proud of my son and his team. The hard work and ingenuity exhibited from all the contestants was very impressive.”
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