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Vote for TBM Name

Name the Purple Line TBMs!

Traditionally, a TBM cannot start work until it is given a name. The TBM is generally named after a woman as a sign of good luck for the project ahead. History shows that workers looked to Saint Barbara for protection; she is the patron saint for military engineers, miners and others who work underground.


Student essays on suggestions for TBM names:

Edith Clarke, Hedy Lamarr

Submission #1

Submitted by Alexandra Kolodziej School: Girls Academic Leadership Academy Grade: 7

Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 1 * | Edith Clarke
Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 2 * | Hedy Lamarr

You asked Gala to come up with names for the TBM. One of the names I came up with is Edith Clarke. I chose Edith Clarke because she was the first female electrical engineer and the first female professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Since I am planning to study engineering when I am older I feel very close to this professor and I feel as if I had known her she could have taught me a lot of helpful information. I believe that this name would be a very good choice for the TBM.

My second option for a name for the TBM is Hedy Lamarr who was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor. At the beginning of World War II, she and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes that used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. I feel as though she would be a very good choice because she shows that you can have two completely different careers and still be successful. Please consider these options as names for the TBM.

Toph, Suki

Submission #2

Submitted by Amber Wang, School: Gretchen Whitney High School, Grade 9

Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 1 * | Toph
Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 2 * | Suki

Toph and Suki are two of my childhood cartoon heroes. In a world of elemental benders, Toph is a master at earthbending, which is based off of the Chinese martial art tai chi. Despite being born blind, Toph is not an invalid in any way, and sees the world through vibrations. Suki is the leader of the female Kyoshi Warriors and a master of tessenjutsu, a Japanese martial art that involves the use of metal fans.

Both women are very assertive, spirited, and fierce, and eventually join the protagonist, the Avatar, on his journey to bring peace to the world, and prove to be valuable friends. They both often play the role of the rescuer, such as when Toph saved a group of miners from a tunnel collapse and Suki protected a group of refugees on their journey. As adults, Toph becomes a Chief of Police while Suki is a warrior who fights to protect innocents. Toph and Suki are both heroes of their world, sturdy forces of power that push through all hardships, just like how the TBMs and the workers that operate it will help make our community a better place.

Ada, Hedy

Submission #3

Submitted by Madison Aliano, Royal Oaks STEAM Academy, Grade 7

Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 1 * | Ada
Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 2 * | Hedy

I am Madison Aliano, I am in 7th grade and I think the two TBMs should be named Ada as in Ada Lovelace and Hedy as in Hedy Lamarr. These two women share a world-changing view in the world of engineering and naming Tunnel Boring Machines is another way to recognize their contribution to today’s society.

Ada Lovelace lived from 1815 to 1852, passing young at 37. She is best known for her work being a mathematician and computing skills. Ada had been officially called the first computer programmer. She is described as an associate of Charles Babbage. They worked together to make the “Analytical Engine.” Her notes on this engine led to many engineering advances in mechanisms like the Metro. Her contributions have been widely acknowledged in America as there is a day dedicated to her on October 8, 2019.

Hedy Lamarr was a actress in the 1930s and ’40s. She got offered her roles because she as seen as a pretty face. In reality, she was actually very intelligent. Hedy patented ideas that led to secure military conections and mobile phones today. The original idea involved changing radio frequencies to prevent enemies from being able to detect the messages. Due to her times, the idea could not jumpstart, but individuls years later grew off of her findings. Hedy’s life story just goes to show that women with pretty faces can have smart brains too.

In final, Ada and Hedy were brilliant women and should be recognized and appreciated for their achievements.

Harriet, Ruth

Submission #4

Submitted by Ruby Santa Maria, Turning Point School, Grade 6

Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 1 * | Harriet
Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 2 * | Ruth

Harriet Tubman. I chose this name because Harriet Tubman helped build the underground railroad which helped save a lot of peoples lives. This name fits because it's the name of a machine the name of a machine that is digging a path from Beverly Hills to Century City just as Harriet escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. If you select this name it will empower women all over the city to make a difference as Harriet changed the world for the better.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I chose this name because Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an empowering person that encouraged everyone to stand up for themselves and never give up. Although she faced many challenges she was elected to the Supreme Court. She helped pave the way for women everywhere just as the TBMs will be paving the paths for the Metro. If you select this name it will be a reminder to women everywhere that you can make a difference.
Both names will help unite the community, by helping you realize your not alone and will encourage you to make a new friend. If you see someone sitting along have the courage to talk to them and make them feel welcome just as these incredible women did for us.

Andromeda, Marilyn

Submission #5

Submitted by Scout Brodsky, Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Grade 8

Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 1 * | Andromeda
Chosen name for the Tunnel Boring Machine 2 * | Marilyn

I chose the names Andromeda and Marilyn for the new two tunnel boring machines. The name Andromeda was chosen because the new machines will operate under Constellation Blvd and the Andromeda Constellation includes some of the brightest stars in our galaxy.

The second name I chose, Marilyn, is named after Marilyn Jorgenson Reece who was the first woman to be a civil engineer in the state of California and she designed the interchange where the 405 meets the 10.