An engineer’s tour of spring

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and for many people, March is all about engineering the perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and then keeping a close eye on the games all day long. It’s also the season when hopeful students await college acceptance notices, some from U.S. News’ list of the best for engineering undergraduate studies. This spring brings the 48th annual celebration of Earth Day, on April 22. This year’s focus is on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution. While you’re thinking about the environment, take to the skies, or at least imagine you can as you fly a kite, and take a moment to remember the most famous kite flyer ever, Founding Father and engineer Ben Franklin.