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Engineering Professor Creates Inspiring Artwork

Recently, a painting of an SR-71 Mach 3 jet was added to the stairwell in Duke Centennial. It is the latest creation by Peter Tkacik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science in the William States Lee College of Engineering.

Tkacik’s artistic pursuits are a hobby, but he sees them as a source of inspiration for engineering students as they learn more about their future profession. "I sketched growing up, and I've found it to be a valuable skill as an engineer," said Tkacik. "I say that I do pencil CAD; I can draw a design in three-dimension so others can see it."

Tkacik's rendering of the SR-71 is based upon several photographs of the long-range Mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft. The plane is depicted high above the Earth with stars in the background and hangs 40 feet above the marble floor.

PlanCharlotte Asks for Input on Creative Urban Design

PlanCharlotte, with urban designers Keihly Moore and Alex Borisenko, invites the public to nominate places in the Charlotte region that can be improved with some urban design magic.

As part of the Complete Blocks project, Moore and Borisenko hope to inspire area residents to rethink how small spaces can be retrofitted for creative uses.

For more information, visit PlanCharlotte.org.