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Engineering Las Vegas BY A.M. MORGAN T The Las Vegas Strip is a worldclass showcase of bright lights, mesmerizing shows and intricate architectural designs. But it should come as no surprise to NSBE members that this dazzling entertainment landscape relies heavily on the technical expertise of engineers. So, while you are at NSBE’s Annual National Convention this year, take some time to see how engineering concepts and principles are applied to create the fun and excitement of Vegas. he Atlantis Fountain Show at Caesar’s Palace’s Forum Shops uses fire and water to tell the story of the final days of the famous “Lost City.” Animatronics — the use of electronics and robotics in mechanized puppets to make them appear alive — is at the center of this show, which takes place inside a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. Below the floor at Caesar’s are 10-foot animatronic players housed in a maze of pipes, tunes and compressors. The show lasts only five minutes, but biologists, hydraulic technicians, engineers and electric plumbers are behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. The Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium — with more than 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater — is North America’s only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. The aquarium contains sharks of many kinds, so technology and logistics are very important to its successful operation. Sixteen to 20 tons of dry salt are delivered each month, along with purified water, toward the goal of recreating a natural, stable ocean environment. The pyramid-shaped Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is a CoNtiNuEd oN pagE 30 www.nsbe.org 28 • march/april 2009 •

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Contents
Common Sense for Uncommon Times
Men of Influence
Love and Time
International News
Aris Freeman and Kyrra Mosley of Jacobs
Daniel Grant of NAVAIR
Re Kenebrew of Schlumberger
Shakti Davis of MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Philip Ryan of Toyota
Engineering Las Vegas
Show Time! NSBE's 35th Annual National Convention: Celebrating "Exponential Growth" in the "Entertainment Capital of the World"
Celebrating Academic Excellence
Company Profile
Finding Career Fair Success
CE Cover - Choosing Entrepreneurship
Help for Small Tech Businesses
AE Members on the Move
Advertisers Index
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NSBE - March/April 2009 - Common Sense for Uncommon Times
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