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TBT: Congratulations Graduates!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Kate Bowditch, Mary Ellen Eagan, Maria Kretzmann, Cornell ‘84

Kate Bowditch, Mary Ellen Eagan, Maria Kretzmann, Cornell ‘84

I graduated from Cornell University 30 years ago this weekend. Despite the fact that our crimson brethren (and now my family), refer to it as a “safety school”, Cornell was a wonderful place to attend college – and had a huge influence on my formation as an adult, professional, and friend. As a work-study student and engineering major in a house full of liberal arts students (can you say 8:00 am classes?), this may have been the place I learned about work-life balance. And lots of other things that are NSFW.

Also, it was having Cornell on my resume that probably got me an interview with HMMH – since Ted Baldwin is also an alumnus. It was my intention to work for a few months and move to Colorado. Who knew 30 years later I’d still be here?

TBT: The Acoustic Ear

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Acoustic listening devices developed for the Dutch army as part of air defense systems research between World Wars I and II.

Acoustic listening devices developed for the Dutch army as part of air defense systems research between World Wars I and II.

Throwback Thursday: Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

by Mary Ellen Eagan

In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s a shout out to the women of HMMH who’ve had babies in recent years! I will not use this space to talk about the challenges of being a working mom, work-life balance, or any of those issues. I will simply say that these women amaze me on a daily basis. And they produce beautiful babies!

Corinne, 2006 [Baby Jonah]

Corinne, 2006 [Baby Elijah]

Isabella, 2005 [Mother Wanda]

Isabella, 2005 [Mother Wanda]

Corinne, 2007 [Baby Elijah]

Corinne, 2008 [Baby Jonas]

Diana and Jake, 2008

Diana and Jake, 2008

Sophia, 2009 [Mother Wanda]

Sophia, 2009 [Mother Wanda]

Zeke, 2012 [Mother Corinne]

Zeke, 2012 [Mother Corinne]

Connor, 2013 [Mother Crystale]

Connor, 2013 [Mother Crystale]

Corinne, 2014 [Baby #4 due in July]

Corinne, 2014 [Baby #4 due in July]

 

PS. Dads, your turn is coming!

 

Throwback Thursday – Who You Gonna Call? NoiseBusters!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Around 1987 or so Dave Towers won a job working for an elderly woman living on the West Coast of Florida who could hear a noise that was inaudible to anyone else. Ted Baldwin made Dave a custom “NoiseBuster” suit of equipment.

Dave Towers in his “NoiseBuster” suit

Dave Towers in his “NoiseBuster” suit

Bob Miller’s dad Laymon also visited the client and determined she couldn’t even hear someone clapping behind her back.  BUSTED!

Ted Baldwin modeling the suit

Ted Baldwin modeling the suit

The resemblance to Bill Murray is uncanny.  And we think Ted has aged better…

Ghostbusters, 1984

Ghostbusters, 1984

 

ACRP Report Released on Defining and Measuring Aircraft Delay and Airport Capacity Thresholds

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

ACRP104coverLast week, the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) released Report 104: Defining and Measuring Aircraft Delay and Airport Capacity Thresholds. The ACRP report offers guidance to help airports understand, select, calculate, and report measures of delay and capacity. The report describes common metrics, identifies data sources, recommends metrics based on an airport’s needs, and suggests ways to potentially improve metrics.

Guidance and recommendations are provided regarding the relevance of particular delay and capacity measures by airport type, airport characteristics, and project lifecycle phase. The report suggests the most appropriate measurement tools at various points in the project development cycle, for specific items in each element, and for different types of airports. The report does recognize that it is not practical to have one threshold that can be applied to all airports.

The report includes additional metrics that would be helpful in the future, one of which is better communication of delays to the general public. The report summarizes that these communications should be easily understandable, able to be used as a common measure at any airport, and applied consistently across all airports. It was also noted that using a more positive metric, such as level of service, rather than using a term such as delay, which has a negative connotation, would better serve the public and the industry overall.

The research, led by TransSolutions of Fort Worth, TX, was conducted under ACRP Project 03-20. The other team members and primary authors of the report included Futterman Consulting of St. Petersburg, FL, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. of Herndon, VA, and Jasenka Rakas of Berkeley, CA.

Click here to view the report.