Engineering Design Clinic Project Featured in Grécourt Gate

May 14, 2018


Fereshta Noori (Smith 2018), a member of the four woman Greenway Guardians team, was featured in the May 14, 2018 edition of Grécourt Gate, the leading news and events publication for the Smith College community.  


The article, entitled Real-World Riverbank Design, covering Fereshta and her team’s entry in this year’s Engineering Design Clinic, described how her work with the Mill River Greenway Initiative - aimed at improving riverbank safety at a dangerous river bend along Route 9 near Williamsburg - changed the way Fereshta thinks about “doing engineering.”


“I learned that engineering design is not always a straightforward path,” Noori says. “Unexpected things happen, and you have to show flexibility.”


According to the article, Fereshta and her team worked with faculty members of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College, technical advisors from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and multiple stakeholders including area homeowners and representatives of local and state regulatory agencies to consider a wide range of bioengineering strategies.



Communicating their project to stakeholders and to the larger community was an important aspect of the project, which connected students to real-world clients. The final designs, presented by the team at a public meeting of the Williamsburg Mill River Greenway Committee, will be used in several phases of the design and permitting process. 


“I learned that engineering design is not always a straightforward path. Unexpected things happen, and you have to show flexibility.”


- Fereshta Noori (Smith College 2018)

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