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Feel The Difference

As a civil engineer, Thiagarajan looks at the failures of current bridge approach slabs and searches for ways to improve upon that design. By varying length, thickness, and other variables, he hopes to make the highway experience smoother and safer. “Next time you drive across a bridge, just before you approach the first slab," he suggests, "see if you feel a difference. Hopefully your car won’t 'take off'. That’s what we hope to avoid.”

A Bump in the Road

Ganesh Thiagarajan
Assistant Professor, Civil and Mechanical Engineering
UM Kansas City

By Tanya Sneddon