'Spare Parts' Celebrates Immigrant Teens Who Beat MIT in Underwater Robotics Contest
STEM Connection 3/27/2015 Post a comment What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesnít show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
Blog 3/26/2015 Post a comment In a speech at China's National Peopleís Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
The Smart Oil Field
Blog 3/25/2015 Post a comment Active data management within the smart oil field is resulting in a push for more open standards, vendor cooperation, and wireless networking solutions.
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
STEM Connection 3/23/2015 Post a comment Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers when they grow up. NASCAR is taking inspiration from this interest with the launch of an in-school and online learning platform for STEM education, the first ever from the sport of racing.
Mechanical Engineer Salaries in 15 US Cities
Blog 3/20/2015 1 comment If youíre a mechanical engineer, your salary will probably be determined largely by where you live-- and not just by region. Salaries can vary greatly within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com. Salary levels donít seem to be set by cost of living -- ME salaries are high in Seattle yet low in New York City. Beyond all else, competition for engineers is probably the strongest factor.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 3/19/2015 14 comments Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers arenít willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
7 Silent Project Killers
Blog 3/19/2015 2 comments There are few things more discouraging to an engineer than pouring their heart, sweat and tears into a project only to have it fail. Failure can and does provide insights and growth experiences to those involved but the loss of time and effort can strike a devastating blow. There are many reasons that an embedded systems project can fail but there are seven key indicators that a project is dying a slow and silent death.
How EE Salaries Rank in 15 US Cities
Blog 3/18/2015 5 comments If youíre an electrical engineering, your salary may depend significantly on where you live -- and thatís not just by region. Salaries vary greatly even within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ĎEra of Designí
Blog 3/18/2015 15 comments Following a course that was established nine centuries ago, the type of education potential engineers and other students are getting at traditional universities just isnít cutting it anymore. Thatís the opinion of David Goldberg, founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and distinguished academic partner of Olin College.
Place and Route Algorithms for FPGAs: How Do They Do That?
Guest Blogs 3/17/2015 Post a comment The next time you run an FPGA compile chain from a high level language through synthesis and the back-end FPGA manufacturer tools, give a nod to the Place and Route algorithm doing all the heavy lifting. Now if we could just find a way to use negotiated congestion to solve our evening highway commute problems, life would be even better.
The Path to Innovation Success Is Never Straight
Blog 3/16/2015 7 comments Conventional wisdom in product design, development, and engineering dictates a certain order of movement: You listen to customers and look at their application needs, perform market research, collaborate with them on conceptualization and feasibility, and go through the rest of the engineering design wringer and -- voila -- you have a product innovation or, better yet, an innovative product.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
Blog 3/12/2015 1 comment The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 3/11/2015 24 comments Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 3/11/2015 1 comment The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ainít the Boomersí plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; itís the Millennial plant.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 3/10/2015 6 comments Take a look at the new data on salaries; you will notice there is little change over the past year. A few of the salaries went up, though none went up more than $1,000 per year -- roughly the same as inflation.
5 Tips to Meet Control Panel Space Requirements
Guest Blogs 3/10/2015 Post a comment When designing a control panel, you have enough worries and responsibilities and should not be concerned with additional design challenges. The following tips can help achieve design flexibility and regulatory compliance while bringing you peace of mind.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 3/9/2015 2 comments If youíre an engineering student, chances are good that youíre not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, youíre probably looking for a summer internship, if you havenít found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 3/6/2015 1 comment With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Not Even Air-Gapped Computers are Secure
Blog 3/2/2015 20 comments Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isnít a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
Ecolab-Tested Cable Jacket for Washdown Applications
Guest Blogs 3/2/2015 Post a comment The standards electrical machines and components are required to meet in the food processing industry are far more stringent than those in traditional plant construction. For specialized production environments such as these, components must not only resist thermal and physical stresses, but they must also be resistant to the chemicals used to sterilize equipment.
When Will the Smart Home Really Be Smart?
Guest Blogs 2/27/2015 6 comments The word ďsmartĒ is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
Blog 2/27/2015 2 comments Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech
Blog 2/27/2015 1 comment Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.
National Engineers Week Gives Future Technologists an Edge
Blog 2/25/2015 7 comments Itís National Engineers Week and host DiscoverE -- an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers -- and other organizations with a vested interest in the field are not forgetting to include the next generation of aspiring and future engineers as part of the festivities.
DiscoverE Encourages Girls to Find their Inner Engineer
Blog 2/25/2015 7 comments There is still a significant gender gap in engineering and other STEM fields, but the organization sponsoring Engineers Week is trying to change that. Tomorrow is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, sponsored by DiscoverE, an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
FAA Drone Draft Has Parrot Talking
Blog 2/24/2015 2 comments When the Federal Aviation Administration released draft regulations for small commercial-use drones, much of the initial reaction from those living in the US leaned negative, largely because most companies seeking to profit from drones have a vested interest in minimum oversight.
The Impact of the Maker Movement
Blog 2/24/2015 Post a comment The Maker movement is bringing engineering into the mainstream. Makers around the world are inspiring each other to create (or ďmakeĒ) smart gadgets, robotic gizmos, autonomous drones, and wearable devices. These innovations are no longer monopolized by multimillion dollar companies.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesnít show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicleís electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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