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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Cindy Martens
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: http://affinis.us/introduce-girl-engineering-day/

Recently, we participated in the Society of Women Engineers’ 7th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) at Bartle Hall. We had two co-workers volunteer. Linda Rottinghaus served as a mentor to three girls throughout the day, and Peggy Amor lent a hand at the industrial engineering booth. Attended by high school students, IGED began with […]

Affinis Surveyors Help Preserve 200-Year-Old History

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Surveying, tagged in http://affinis.us/affinis-surveyors-help-preserve-200-year-old-history/

2016 marked the 200th anniversary of the running of the Osage Treaty Line. This was the first boundary survey line in what is now western Missouri. To commemorate the event, members of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) led the charge in retracing historic steps to find it. While the exact location was unknown, […]

2017 Future City Competition

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in Great Plains Future City

A few weeks ago, Robert Ubben and Jason Davis judged entries at the Great Plains Regional Future City Competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities with their ideas of how to make the world a better place. Students work together to develop solutions that are presented via a virtual city […]

Winter Drive for reStart

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Troy LaVelle
In Community, Culture, tagged in Delivering towels to reStart

Over the last several weeks, we hosted a drive to support reStart, a non-profit serving Kansas City’s homeless population. We’ve selected them for several years, because of their admirable work housing kids, teens, and adults locally. Last year, they needed new blankets, but were hoping for bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths this time. […]

Co-Worker Q&A: Giving Back

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Rick Worrel
In Community, Culture, tagged in Adopt a Street Program

Whether it’s volunteering to adopt a street or gathering blankets for reStart, helping others is an important part of our culture. With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to highlight how a few co-workers give back. What are your favorite ways to give back? Cindy Martens: “I’m having a great time tutoring third […]

New Simulator Studies Roadway Design and Driver Behavior

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Mike McKenna
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in KU Driving Simulator

There are a number of elements that affect driver safety. Some of these, like cell phone usage, have made newspaper headlines, while others, like icy roads and roundabouts, are not as buzzworthy. While you may not often hear about factors beyond distracted driving, there are a variety of components that contribute to safe roads. Now, […]

Sleep Connected to Driver Safety

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Lee Baer
In Community, Culture, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , Drive Safelty to Work Week

As traffic engineers and roadway designers, we examine how streets and thoroughfares are used. We consider sightlines and traffic, working to improve safety on every project. This week, we are proud to participate in Drive Safely Work Week, which is organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). However, instead of preparing a […]

Project Lead the Way Recap

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Les Hamilton
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: , , computers - pltw

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nationally certified, pre-engineering program for high school students. In 2007, Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) implemented PLTW as the district engineering signature program at Shawnee Mission South High School. I have been involved as a mentor with the program since 2009. PLTW is a pre-engineering curriculum, which introduces […]

Future City Competition

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Jason Davis
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: , project

Last month, I helped judge entries at Future City, a science and engineering competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities that represent their vision of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineering mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to […]

Supporting reStart

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Troy LaVelle
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: http://affinis.us/supporting-restart/

As the holidays approach, we often look for ways to give back. It’s a time when many of us reflect on family and community. In that spirit, Affinis is gathering plush throw blankets to support reStart, a non-profit serving Kansas City’s homeless population. We kicked off our drive November 30 and will be taking donations […]