[caption id="attachment_29205" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Students will use sensors to examine how the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge is affected by 50,000 daily commuters. "]Students will use sensors to examine how the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge is affected by 50,000 daily commuters. [/caption]

Drexel University engineering student Jeffrey Dowgala says real-time information recorded by electronic sensors has helped him and his classmates understand the many environmental factors that can affect a bridge—an impact impossible to explore in standard textbooks.

Philadelphia-based Drexel and prominent engineering programs at Northeastern University in Boston, Purdue University, and Texas A&M University secured $200,000...

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