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March 17, 1997 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the veranda of his house, Bruce Gleason looks down, down, down onto a swath of the San Fernando Valley floor. Daylight is departing, and a rainy mist has furred the vista. A river of car headlamps on Van Nuys Boulevard glows more brilliantly by the moment. "The view. Each night when I come home, I'm re-charmed by it," he says. "Life is in session down there--150,000 people going about their life."
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April 22, 2014 | Patt Morrison
"Fracking" - now there's a word that just begs for a bumper sticker. Short for "hydraulic fracturing" - the process of breaking open rock with high-pressure liquids to get at otherwise untappable oil and natural gas - fracking conjures up a welcome energy boom for some, ecological disaster for others. Mark Zoback - Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," fracking expert - sees the problems and the potential for California.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1994
Twenty years of social engineering hasn't had much impact on Los Angeles travel habits but one day of tectonic engineering may have a large impact. RONALD KOSINSKI Diamond Bar
OPINION
April 20, 2014 | By Michael S. Teitelbaum
We've all heard the dire pronouncements: U.S. science and technology is losing ground to its global competitors because of a nationwide shortage of scientists and engineers, due primarily to the many failures of K-12 education. But are these gloomy assertions accurate? Nearly all of the independent scholars and analysts who have examined the claims of widespread shortages have found little or no evidence to support them. Salaries in these occupations are generally flat, and unemployment rates are about the same or higher than in others requiring advanced education.
SCIENCE
August 20, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
California leads U.S. states in science and engineering employment, according to a new report from researchers at the National Science Foundation In 2011, the state employed 786,653 people in science and engineering jobs - nearly 14% of the 5.7 million workers in such occupations across the United States. New York and Texas were also science jobs standouts - but with 328,851 and 450,316 jobs, respectively, they trail the Golden State. The two local regions with the highest science and engineering employment were also in California: the Santa Clara or Silicon Valley area, with 143,329 jobs; and the Los Angeles region, with 141,719 jobs.
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February 14, 2009
BUSINESS
March 14, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
The gig: Don't call Mark Fuller, 58, a fountain maker. He prefers "feature creator." But he does make fountains -- spectacular ones. The company he founded, Wet, based in Sun Valley, has taken on some of the largest water fountain projects in the world. Projects: One of his latest creations is a 32-acre artificial lake at the foot of the world's tallest building -- the Burj Khalifa in Dubai -- with 1,500 water jets that can blast streams 500 feet in the air, plus 1,000 fog jets, all tightly choreographed to put on a computerized show to music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1991
The six-story Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center, designed as a state-of-the-art research facility, will be dedicated today on the USC campus near downtown Los Angeles. Hughes contributed $5 million toward construction of the School of Engineering center, seen by Engineering Dean Leonard Silverman as an investment in the nation's future in a region with the largest concentration of engineers, scientists and technicians in the United States. Malcolm R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999 | DIANE WEDNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Raymond Landis is fluent in the language of mechanical engineering, a field in which terms such as heat transfer, thermodynamics and numerical analysis roll off the tongue like couplets in a sonnet. But Landis, the dean of engineering and technology at Cal State Los Angeles, prefers the vocabulary of success when he talks to his Minority Engineering Program (MEP) students, to whom he offers terms such as goals, motivation, peer support and pride.
SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do. The aerial skills of Drosophila hydei , described this month in the journal Science, could provide insight into the complex neural circuitry that makes such impressive maneuvers possible - and perhaps...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Louis Sahagun
Faced with losing an ambitious $1-billion plan to revamp the Los Angeles River, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday raised the stakes by offering to split the cost with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps, which manages the river as a flood control channel, last year recommended a $453-million package of parks, bike paths and other enhancements to make the river more inviting to Angelenos. It recently informed the mayor's office that it was sticking with that plan rather than pursuing the $1-billion version, known as Alternative 20, that Garcetti backs.
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April 11, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Allen E. Puckett, one of the engineers who after World War II built Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Co. into the nation's leading defense electronics firm - dominant in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites - has died. He was 94. One of the nation's top technologists and defense executives during the Cold War, Puckett died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades after suffering a stroke. His wife, Marilyn, confirmed his death. "Allen Puckett was one of the guiding spirits of Hughes Aircraft," said Malcolm Currie, a former deputy defense secretary who later followed in Puckett's footsteps as another president of the company.
AUTOS
April 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors has placed two engineers at the center of its delayed recall scandal on paid leave. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra confirmed Thursday that engineers Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman were put on leave following a briefing from Anton Valukas, the former U.S. attorney overseeing an independent investigation into circumstances leading to a safety recall of 2.6 million older GM cars because of a faulty ignition switch. “This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened,” Barra said.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Say hello to Robin Seggelmann. The name may not ring a bell, but his handiwork has gained worldwide notoriety. Seggelman, it seems, is the poor soul who wrote the flawed piece of code that has come to be known as the Heartbleed bug. According to his profile on the LinuxTag conference website, Seggelmann is a " researcher for the transport protocols of the Internet. Occasionally his work find its way into standards of the Internet Engineering Taskorce (IETF). In a manner of speaking he helps writing the technical 'laws' of the Internet.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Aerospace giant Boeing Co., which for years has been cutting its workforce in Southern California, announced that it plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions over the next two years. It is a surprising announcement from the plane maker, which has 1,800 commercial engineers in Long Beach and Seal Beach. The company said earlier in the week that it would shutter its C-17 production line three months earlier than planned in mid-2015.
AUTOS
April 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors announced Thursday it will take a $1.3-billion write-down to cover the cost of repairs related to faulty ignition switch recalls, and placed two engineers at the center of the recall scandal on paid leave. The company also said it will replace a second part in the affected cars. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra confirmed Thursday that engineers Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman were put on leave following a briefing from Anton Valukas, the former U.S. attorney overseeing an independent investigation into circumstances leading to a safety recall of 2.6 million GM cars because of a faulty ignition switch.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
After years of eliminating jobs in Southern California, aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions. It is a rare and welcome development for the Southland's beleaguered aerospace industry, which has been stung by layoffs and assembly line closures for decades. "I couldn't be happier for the region," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "We want to continue to carry on our aviation tradition here.
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