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Formation Of Sorba Engineering Announced
January 12, 2021

Meredith McComas, PE, president, and Matt McComas, PE, LS, LEED AP, associate principal, have announced the establishment of Sorba Engineering in Reston, Virginia, effective January 1, 2021. According to the announcement, the new entity was formed following purchase of the assets of the Federal Projects Division of Wiles Mensch Corporation, a civil engineering and surveying firm.

A certified woman-owned small business, Sorba Engineering will retain its complement of 12 engineers and technical specialists, along with more than 40 active projects in the Washington metropolitan area. Meredith McComas will serve as president of Sorba Engineering, overseeing administration and quality assurance programs for the firm. Matt McComas will continue to direct engineering projects as he did with Wiles Mensch for more than 12 years.

Meredith McComas is a professional engineer with more than ten years of experience in civil engineering consulting services. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. Matt McComas is a professional engineer licensed in four jurisdictions, a licensed land surveyor, and LEED® accredited professional with 20 years of experience. An active member of the Engineers and Surveyors Institute, he holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Virginia Military Institute.

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Formation Of Sorba Engineering Announced
January 12, 2021

Firm will offer civil engineering expertise under the new banner of Sorba Engineering.

Biological Ceramics' Hidden Strengthening Mechanism Exposed
January 12, 2021

New insights into building stronger and tougher ceramics by studying the shells of bivalve mollusks.

2021 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education Awarded
January 11, 2021

Biennial prize acknowledges new modalities and experiments in education that develop effective engineering leaders.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $83,000 In Scholarships
January 11, 2021

Scholarships awarded to students seeking to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

AHRI to Host New Refrigerant Webinar
January 8, 2021

Panel will discuss A2L refrigerant behavior in a structure fire.

Exploring Plants Above and Underground
January 8, 2021

Exploring how scientists can use above-ground traits such as bloom time and height to predict what plants look like underground.

Webinar To Cover Performance Rating For Fenestration Systems, Comparative Analysis Procedure
January 7, 2021

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Performance Rating Method for Fenestration Systems and Comparative Analysis Procedure”…

Submissions Open For The 2021 IES Illumination Awards Program
January 7, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Illumination Awards program.

Framework To Design Tall Buildings For Wind Offered In New Manual
January 6, 2021

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) new book, Design and Performance of Tall Buildings for Wind, MOP 143, provides a framework for…

Robotic Gripper Inspired By Twining Plants
January 6, 2021

Researchers have designed a new soft robotic gripper that draws inspiration from an unusual source: pole beans.

Going Microbial To Store Energy, Sequester CO2
January 5, 2021

Bioengineers have found a way to efficiently absorb and store large-scale, low-cost renewable energy from the sun – while sequestering…

Finding May Lead To Improved Bioprinting, Tissue Engineering
January 5, 2021

Fibrous proteins such as collagen and fibrinogen form a thin solid layer on the surface of an aqueous solution…

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