International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2021

Looking back at history you never really saw many women being mentioned in science, engineering, medicine, or really any career path that was considered a man’s field. It wasn’t until the last 50 years or so names started being brought to light on who really did the work for major inventions and discoveries that are still used to this day. Some of these women were major inspirations that shaped the science world today for men and women. Here are 12 of the women in history who we found to be inspiring and feel that they deserve recognition for their hard work. The information found is referenced in the sites at the bottom of the page.

  1. Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) – Chemist – Following her late husband’s research, Rosalind was the first to demonstrate the basic dimensions of DNA strands and reveal that the molecule was in two matching parts, running in opposite directions.
  2. Sally Ride (1951-2012) – Astronaut – NASA Astronaut Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, she was also the youngest American to leave the atmosphere at 32 years old.
  3. Edith Clarke (1883-1959) – Electrical Engineer – Edith developed the Clarke Calculator in 1921, it’s a graphing calculator used to help solve electric power transmission problems. She created some of the first software for electrical engineering and was the first female Electrical Engineer.
  4. Martha Coston (1826-1904) – Chemist – Martha used the technology of fireworks to develop a pyrotechnic signaling system for use at sea, known today as the flare gun. Coston’s flares were used by the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Before her flares, ships used flags during the day and lanterns at night to signal to other ships.
  5. Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) – Hollywood Actress & Inventor – Hedy was a big time Hollywood actress; she was referred to as the “Angelina Jolie of her time”. But she was also a famous inventor, she invented “Frequency Hopping”- a way of jumping around on radio frequencies in order to avoid a third party jamming your signal. She invented it in the 1940s for use as a secret wartime communication system that could keep the enemy from interfering with a ships torpedo. It was patented in August of 1942 and donated to the U.S. Military to help fight the Nazis. They didn’t use it till after the Second World War once they realized just how useful it could be. Hedy never received recognition for her invention until 1997, she was honored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but by then it was too late, and Hedy was unable to receive the award in person and get the applaud that was well deserved. She’s now in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  6. Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903) – Engineer – Emily was known for her contribution to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband. Washington Roebling – Civil Engineer and Chief Engineer during the construction of the bridge – developed Caisson Disease. She took copious notes from her husband of what still needed to be completed; she began studies of her own on the technical issues learning about strength of materials, stress analysis, cable construction, and calculation of catenary curves. After the bridge was completed, she rode with President Chester Arthur across it.
  7. Marie SKtodowska Curie (1867-1934) – French Physicist & Chemist – Marie became the first woman in history to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person to win two Nobel Prizes on two different disciplines (chemistry and physics). Marie, along with her husband Pierre, discovered radioactivity. She also discovered two elements, polonium and radium, and the element curium is named in her honor. The world’s first studies into the treatment of tumors took place under her direction and she founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw, which to this day are leading medical research centers.
  8. Marie Tharp (1920-2006) – Mapmaker – Marie was famous for creating the first scientific map of the ocean floor. Due to the law of women not being permitted on ocean-going ships that collected data, Marie had to work with the information given to her to create accurate charts – charts that revealed the existence of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, clear evidence of plate tectonics and continental drift.
  9. Lois Graham (1925- 2013) – Professor of Thermodynamics and Cryogenics – Lois was the first woman to earn a mechanical engineering PhD in the United States. She is remembered for her lifelong work recruiting young women into careers in science and engineering.
  10. Mary Jackson (1921-2005) – Mathematician and Engineer – Mary was the first African American female engineer at NASA who helped in America’s win at the “Space Race”. “Hidden Figures” released in 2016 was a movie that recounts the careers of Jackson and 2 of her fellow colleagues at NASA.
  11. Flossie Wong-Staal (1946-2020) – Virologist – Flossie is a Chinese American, who became the first scientist to clone HIV and determine how it’s genes work, marking a huge step in proving that HIV causes AIDS. In 2007, Dr. Wong-Staal was ranked 32 on The Daily Telegraph’s “Top 100 Living Geniuses”.

12.Ruby Hirose (1904-1960) – Biochemist and Bacteriologist – Dr. Hirose was a Japanese American whose research led to the development of vaccines for polio and hay fever. Because of her achievements in Chemistry, she was one of the few women who were recognized by the American Chemical Society.


This information was pulled from multiple sites, to read more about each of these magnificent women please see links below.







2020 Recap for Art Anderson

February 2, 2021

What a year?! It was definitely not what we expected as we sat down at the end of 2019 and looked into our crystal ball. There seemed to be one crazy/scary/surprise event after another causing the world to spin the opposite direction. With so much going on around the world we relied on one constant, our firm. We feel fortunate to have the stability in Art Anderson Associates and know the relationships that we have developed with clients, subcontractors, and the community over decades of hard work made that possible. There were surely some bumps in the road causing stress levels to rise, however, they were relatively easy to manage. I credit this to the strength of our employees and great clients around us that helped make things “not so bad!”.

Like the rest of corporate America, we quickly became experts in the art of teleworking and online meetings. We optimized software tools to keep design collaboration and the sharing of information easy and efficient. While we did just that, mastering a new means of working, we miss the in-person interactions.

2020 was challenging but we have a lot to celebrate and look forward to. Some key positive internal events that shaped our 2020 year include:

  • Hiring of several new engineers and marketing professionals
  • Promoted Brad Ginn to lead our Facility Engineering division
  • Successfully completed of one of the company’s largest projects ever, the Cougar Reservoir Floating Screen Structure for the USACE
  • New IDIQ contract wins for new and existing clients
  • Won three (3) new Research and Development projects
  • Phase I award of Small Business Innovative Research project for US Marine Corps
  • Part of the design team for the new Washington State Ferries Hybrid Electric Vessel
  • Two engineers passed their Professional Engineering exams!

We were not protected from the disasters of 2020 including the COVID-19 pandemic, political protests, and racial injustices. We mourned the loss of life and united together to stand up for what was right. There is much more work to be done, but we feel we are moving in the right direction.

Our 2021 Goals:

  • Cultivate, enhance, and build relationships.
  • Use what we have learned from working virtually to improve how we operate.
  • Focus on new and existing strategic partnerships to capture projects.
  • Advance internal operational success in security, controls, and technology.
  • Have FUN!

We look forward to what lies ahead of us in 2021. We will continue to provide the best value we can to our current clients, look to create and cultivate new relationships, and live in a workplace that thrives on diversity, innovation, and solutions.

Women in Design & Construction Conference

December 22, 2020

Our COO Melissa Anderson did a presentation at the WIDC back on December 8 & 9, 2020. Melissa, along with Ivi Gabales from Rice Fergus Miller (architecture) and Sheryl Van Anne from Mortenson (construction), did a presentation on Architects, Engineers, and Contractors and what drives them crazy about each other. A survey went out to the 3 sectors to capture the opinion of others on what they like about working with each other and the challenges that are faced. The results showed a great amount of things each sector liked about another but some of those likes were also the biggest dislikes, for example the top like for engineers is their attention to detail but the biggest dislike is too much attention to detail. Overall, between the three sectors, the biggest complication is communication. Just like any relationship, communication is key! Melissa, Ivi and Sheryl did a great job putting this presentation together. If you would like more info, please reach out to Melissa Anderson at

National Entrepreneurship Day

November 17, 2020

In honor of National Entrepreneurship Day, we would like to applaud all who took the chance to go out on their own and made it through all the challenges. It takes a special kind of person to take that risk. The risk of starting over, of hard times, and the ultimate risk of potential success.

Art Anderson Associates wouldn’t be who we are today if Art himself hadn’t taken that risk back in 1957. Art saw the need for better service and with the help of his wife (Bea) and a designer, set out to do just that. Three generations later, we are still here and growing. The entrepreneurial spirit has been passed from father to son, and with each generation, Art Anderson becomes stronger. We have grown from a firm providing just Marine Engineering to a multidisciplinary engineering and design firm that offers Facility and Marine Engineering. What shall we take on next?


“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” ~John A. Shedd

40 years and counting!

October 15, 2020

40 years is a big accomplishment. It’s 40 years of dedication, hard work and perseverance going through the same daily routine. Today, we celebrate Sean for achieving 40 years with Art Anderson.

“Four decades of service, dedication, and loyalty to one firm is something to surely celebrate. This type of tenure creates a sense of family and creates the company culture that Art Anderson strives for. Sean started out as an intern while attending the University of Washington. Over the years he worked his way up and through the organization, working every type of project, reaching the position of Vice President of the Facility Division and now the company’s Chief Engineer. Today we honor and thank Sean for all his achievements along the way!” says Ben Anderson, CEO/President of Art Anderson.

Sean is a great engineer, strong leader, and a fun person to work with. He has been a vital team member and oversees the quality on many projects. Significant projects include: Multiple tasks, large and small with Lockheed Martin Space Company, the Repair of the Saltwater Distribution System at PSNS, and the Renovation of the BEQ 2302/2102 at Bangor Naval Base Kitsap.

All of us at Art Anderson look forward to working with Sean for years to come!