A scientist walks into a bar…  and an engineer says, “I don’t know what that is, but I think we should duck.”

Wednesday, April 26Doors open at 6:00pm

Talk begins at ~6:30pm

Abandoned Building Brewery
142 Pleasant Street #103a, Easthampton, MA

Ground Penetrating Radar and Why Engineers Can’t Quit Empirical Models

  • What is Ground Penetrating Radar (and how does it work)?
  • What do we currently use it for?
  • What might we be able to use it for?
  • Why can’t I (and other engineers) quit empirical models?

Aaron J. Rubin, P.E. is a Lecturer at Smith College. He has over 15 years of experience as a Civil Engineer in private consulting and academia. His research interests are primarily in energy (geothermal HVAC and offshore wind), railroad geotechnics, and novel Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) applications; with specific research experience in the estimating and modeling of the thermal conduction of soils, electromagnetic wave propagation and quantitative GPR data collection, and in situ railroad testing. His current research aims to improve dielectric mixing models that relate the physical characteristics of soil or aggregate (the water, air, and solid particles) to the bulk relative permittivity (bulk electrical material property) captured by the GPR equipment. The long-term aim of this research is to allow GPR equipment to be used as a quantitative tool to evaluate the safety of coarse aggregates like railroad ballast.

Bring a friend and join us as we enjoy lively conversations, prizes, and brilliant minds. Light refreshments will be available outside the presentation room, first come, first served. This is an inclusive, family-friendly event for people from all walks of life (ALL are very much welcome: kids, college students, your parents!). We promise, you’ll learn something if you come. And hey, you might even win a prize! Remember… Admission is FREE!

ABB allows guests to bring outside food! Please feel free to brings your own snacks with you, too.

SciTech Cafe events are open to any one with a curious mind regardless of age and background.  Our events, prizes, and snacks are free, but donations are appreciated. 

This event is hosted at Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton, MA.

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