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Alumnus named as one of the nation's top Mechanical Engineers
April 12th, 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Tom Nosker ’75 who has received the high honor of being named by Inventors Digest as one of the nation’s top Mechanical Engineers. Six engineers were selected based on peer recognition, societal impact of their work and commitment to the craft. Dr. Nosker recently took on the challenge to create an inexpensive, yet environmentally safe bridge for Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. He used recycled milk jugs and combined polystyrene and high-density polyethylene to build a bridge capable of supporting heavy military tanks. His latest work is also being used to make erosion-resistant railroad beams, pilings, planks and bulkheads. In an interview with Business Wire, he states, “It’s a great honor for any group of peers to recognize one’s work, and this is no exception. Since my undergraduate days I’ve dedicated my career to finding a solution to the large amounts of waste that normally end up in landfills. If we can continue to search for innovative ways to convert garbage to useful products or energy, we’re going to find ourselves a lot closer to solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability issues. And the solutions aren’t hard to find. They just take creativity, dedication and sometimes a little luck. Okay, maybe a lot of luck.” Dr. Nosker is a 1975 graduate of St. Pius X. He received his Bachelors degree from Georgia Tech and his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Materials Science from Rutgers University.
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