FutureGen Industrial Alliance recently acknowledged the expertise of Washington Group International when it sought the company's expertise regarding architectural, design, and engineering support services for a FutureGen initiative. A public-private partnership, the initiative concentrates on developing and building a one-of-its-kind coal-fueled, near-zero-emissions electric power plant. The project is estimated to cost $1 billion and will develop a large-scale engineering laboratory and research platform to evaluate and test new technologies for conversion of coal fuel to gas, capturing carbon dioxide, and clean power production.
VCU School of Engineering receives $2 million from Qimonda
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering announced it has received a gift of $2 million from Qimonda, the world's leading supplier of DRAM products. With this gift, the company's total contributions to the university now amount to $7 million. Qimonda's relationship with the engineering school dates back to 1997, when the company began hiring the school's engineering graduates. Eugene Trani, vice president of the VCU School of Engineering, mentioned that this gift was the largest the school had ever received from any corporation. The donation will support a variety of scholarships and professorships offered by the school. It will also fund an ambitious campus-expansion project due to be completed by November.
IDEX Corporation acquires Quadro Engineering
In a strategic move, IDEX Corporation has annexed Quadro Engineering. Quadro is a leading provider of particle-control solutions for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical markets. Its expertise includes fine milling, emulsification, and special handling of liquid and solid particulates for laboratory, pilot-phase, and production-scale processing. IDEX Chairman and CEO Larry Kingsley commented that the acquisition of Quadro Engineering, a technology leader in its field, will allow IDEX to "serve selective, high-growth sanitary applications in developing markets worldwide." The company will be operated as a single unit within the company's fluid and metering technologies sector. Quadro's revenues were approximately $22 million in 2006. An applied-solutions company specializing in fluid and metering technologies, IDEX Corporation also deals in health and science technologies, dispensing equipment, and fire-related, safety, and other diversified products.
Tinnerman appoints Hemingway VP of advanced engineering
Leading automotive and industrial equipment manufacturing-solution company Tinnerman has appointed Todd L. Hemingway vice president of advanced engineering. Hemingway will oversee the company's advanced product creation and development center in Southfield, MI. He has more than two decades of multidisciplinary experience in management, sales, and engineering. Hemingway's responsibilities include designing innovative solutions for some of the advanced connection-engineering challenges of Tinnerman's worldwide client base. The company designs and manufactures a range of sophisticated connection systems, such as spring steel fasteners, plastic components, automation aids, and sub-assemblies. It serves a variety of premier automobile manufacturers, including Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz.