Champion crew chief Cole Pearn, one of the leading figures atop NASCAR pit boxes, caused a Silly Season stir late Monday with his departure from Joe Gibbs Racing.The Canada-born Pearn cited spending more time with his family as the reason for his departure. Pearn spent five years as the crew chief for driver Martin Truex Jr., a pairing that was among the most successful in recent NASCAR history.Pearn started with Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing in 2010 as a race engineer. He was promoted to crew chief in 2015, kicking off a tenure that netted 17 wins and the 2017 Cup Series championship for Barney Visser’s No. 78 group. He added seven more wins with Truex last season, their first with JGR’s No. 19 team.RELATED: Truex Jr. reactsPearn’s dry sense of humor was one of his calling cards, as was his understated but often acerbic social-media presence. But the other trademarks were his savvy in the garage and a chemistry that clicked with Truex, who toasted his crew chief on social media Monday evening.“I cannot say enough good things about Cole and what he has meant for my career,” Truex said in a release provided by the team. “I appreciate his hard work and dedication to our race team over the past six years going back to when he was my engineer at Furniture Row. Our friendship is what matters most to me and I’m happy that he’s doing what’s best for him and his family.”MORE: Most crew chief wins since 2015The personnel move opens a high-profile vacancy with an organization that set a single-season record with 19 wins in the 2019 campaign. Pearn was the No. 19 team’s fourth crew chief in five years, following Darian Grubb, Dave Rogers and Scott Graves. The organization indicated that Pearn’s successor would be announced at a later date.Truex is the third driver of the JGR No. 19 Toyota, which began competition when Coach Joe Gibbs expanded to a four-team operation in 2015.Carl Edwards was the No. 19’s first driver, scoring five wins in 2015-16 before his surprise retirement before the 2017 season. Daniel Suarez replaced him and drove the No. 19 for two years before he was succeeded by Truex after Furniture Row disbanded.RELATED: 2020 NASCAR schedule
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s Architecture Design Build program, called 802LAB, has partnered with Montpelier’s Union Elementary School (UES) and the community to design and build an outdoor classroom/playhouse as part of the school’s planned playground renovations.Leading faculty member Tolya Stonorov and students in the 802LAB program have worked closely with a UES volunteer committee comprised of parents, teachers, administrators and community members as well as the students of Union Elementary School to define the project and how it serves the needs of the larger playground. The process began with precedent research that included diagrams, drawings, images and a detailed scaled model. These were presented to the committee and analyzed for their feedback.“Our vision for the new playground at UES has always been to create an outdoor space that not only provides students and our community with a place to play but also one that will ignite their creativity,” says Jay Ericson, UES parent and Playground Project Manager. “The students in the 802LAB and Tolya have helped make this vision a reality. The NEST will be the cornerstone of the new playground and will be a place for students to learn, create, and experience an individualized connection to the outdoor environment.”After gathering the committee’s hopes and requirements for the project, the students embarked on individual design responses. These were grouped according to likeness, further refined through a consensus process, and a final design was agreed upon and approved by the committee. DeWolfe Engineering in Montpelier, Vt., is generously working with 802Lab to engineer the project on a pro-bono basis.According to Stonorov: “Design-build supports the idea that building, making and designing are intrinsic to each other: knowledge of one strengthens and informs the expression of the other. Hands-on learning through the act of building what is designed translates theories and ideas into real world experience.” This project exemplifies Norwich’s value of service to others as a community architecture project, one that is developed and executed in response to a community need and in close cooperation with those the structure will serve. The playhouse is affectionately called “The NEST.”Source: NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS April 20, 2018
By Tommy SherkConnor Ehman, Rockhurst High grad and singer with the WingdingsWhat got you into music?Connor Ehman: I got grounded in the first month of high school… [My parents] took away all my electronics, so the only thing I had was a guitar that my friend left here. So I learned how to play the guitar.I really liked this band called “The Strokes.” I liked playing their songs, and it gave me something to do. I liked the physical stimulation of playing the guitar. I like the sounds, but it really relaxes me when I move my hands like that. It’s stress relief for me.I started writing songs within a month or two of learning how to play the guitar… I like telling stories. Telling real stories using my imagination. I like to take something real about myself and transform it into a metaphor. I always try to make sure the story is really accurate to the situation. I would never say “blah blah blah” happened if it didn’t happen.The first I remember performing was at the Rockhurst High School Battle of the Bands. I remember feeling like there wasn’t much I could do with music. I could really only play a few chords on the guitar. So it was very gimmicky. I wore a pair of silver tights and a blue sweater with a flower in my hair. I got everyone to take their clothes off and throw them on the stage. Another time I came out in a fat Batman costume while [a bandmember] played the Batman theme song. But now, I feel like that same part of my personality is still part of performing in the sense that the Wingdings, the group I play with now, it’s still goofy and silly. But there’s a lot more substance to the music. I feel more confident because I think the music has a more wholesome quality to it.Do you make music for yourself or for others?CE: I used to make it because it felt good, physically. But the more that I’ve studied music, I realize how much joy you can bring to people through music. There is nothing more enjoyable than knowing that you made someone else have a good experience from music.Music is pretty much my whole life now. Not to be cheesy, but besides when I’m lifeguarding, I pretty much spend all day either listening to music, playing music, or preparing myself so that I can practice again. We rehearse probably every other day, at least.I think the end goal is just to have a life where I can support myself playing music, and I don’t have to do anything else. That could be audio production, playing gigs, being a recording artist or studio musician. But the whole goal is just to be immersed in it, so you can get really great at it. That’s when you can be most effective.
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“Learn with low costs, grow with minimized risk, and keep offshore access easy in the early phase.” This recipe for success in tidal energy industry was shared with us by the Head of New Energy at Bluewater Energy Services, Mr. Allard van Hoeken.Tidal Energy Today has interviewed Mr. Van Hoeken who was recently bestowed with the title Engineer of the Year, and was awarded the Prince Friso Engineers Award.The main focus of the interview is the recent launch of the BlueTEC floating tidal platform off Texel island, the Netherlands.Allard van HoekenTET: Mr. Van Hoeken, can you tell us more about the BlueTEC tidal platform performance now that it has been deployed off Texel island?Van Hoeken: It’s a great success. The platform is already feeding electricity to the Dutch grid. What is also very special about it is that, from November when the project was still in the drawings, to April/May when it was deployed, only six months have passed. That is just amazing, and not yet seen in tidal industry. It is very good for tidal industry to know that this is possible.It is out operating in the sea near Texel, and now the platform exists. This gives a lot of comfort to potential buyers. Apart from having a demonstration platform, we have begun measuring real wave and current forces, to compare it with our simulations and calculations, in order to improve the design basis for future platforms.TET: Does Bluewater have plans for expanding the Texel project with additional platforms, and what insights does Bluewater, with its partners, expect to get from this first deployment?Van Hoeken: The plans for expanding the Texel project consist of using the same platform that can be fitted with larger turbines, so actually increasing capacity on the platform itself. Maybe in the future we will extend the project with more platforms. The most important thing now is using this platform to extend it with more turbines and larger turbines, and as already mentioned, measurement and data acquisition that we’re doing to match the reality with the simulations. That really is the plan for Texel and that’s what we expect to get.TET: Can you tell us more about the latest tidal energy