Why We Need More Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 5/23/2014 24 comments A large number of studies have shown that men and women have different approaches to solving complex problems. It is precisely because of the differences between men and women that the engineering profession would benefit from greater participation of women.
20 Ways to Boost Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 5/21/2014 45 comments From turbochargers and electric motors, to motor-generators and air conditioning compressors, we present some of the best fuel-sipping innovations.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Blog 5/20/2014 50 comments Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
10 Cyber Attacks That Wreaked Havoc
Blog 5/14/2014 24 comments Most of the significant cyber attacks -- think Stuxnet -- have occurred in just the past eight years. Here are the highlights of attacks that have disrupted business, nabbed IP, or forced plants to go haywire.
Congress Is Working on an Energy Bill… Again
Guest Blogs 5/14/2014 6 comments Congress is once again working on the bi-partisan Shaheen-Portman bill that will bring forth many energy efficiency measures to add as many as 190,000 jobs and save as much as 12 quads of energy by 2030.
Would You Pay $30K for an Electric Car?
Captain Hybrid 5/12/2014 101 comments Even if automakers cut the cost of the electric vehicle battery and reach the $30,000 target, big sales are hardly a foregone conclusion. There's still no guarantee that large percentages of mainstream buyers will bite.
Can Tesla's $5 Billion Bet Pay Off?
Captain Hybrid 5/7/2014 37 comments Whether or not the much-publicized “Gigafactory” is successful, Elon Musk’s grand vision of a gargantuan battery plant may turn out to be one of the most ambitious manufacturing efforts in American business history.
'Necessary & Sufficient' Cover the Safety Level
Guest Blogs 5/7/2014 10 comments There are many basic principles and maxims that engineers can use to solve simple problems. One trick is to ask at least two questions. First, what is necessary to satisfy the requirement? Second, what is sufficient to satisfy the requirement?
No Matter Your Expertise, You Belong on the Vehicle Design
Blog 5/7/2014 6 comments Design News recently published a Technology Roundup, which consists of a series of articles that help that multi-disciplined engineers get their jobs done. Regardless of which subsystem you’re responsible for, we all know that there’s a “need to know” on just about the entire vehicle. Hence, you’ll likely find this series of articles quite informative.
21 Cars That Drove Into Movie History
Electronic News & Comment 5/5/2014 34 comments In some movies, the cars are the stars. American Graffiti and Fast and Furious, to name a couple, drew much of their audience appeal from their use of noisy internal combustion engines. But cars needn’t be racy to play prominent roles.
Manufacturing Jobs Keep Coming Back
Blog 5/5/2014 25 comments Using the term "reshoring" to describe the phenomenon, the Reshoring Initiative has been busy promoting a small but growing trend: the return of manufacturing to the US.
Video: Robotic Rock Star Jam Session
Blog 5/1/2014 5 comments The talented swarming robots that danced to light and music at Cannes in 2012 have learned how to play Thus Spake Zarathustra, The Star Spangled Banner, and The Carol of the Bells.
Fluid Power Is Alive & Well in the Era of Energy Conservation
Guest Blogs 5/1/2014 2 comments Despite what some people think, fluid power systems are capable of very high-performance motion control. A well-designed, closed-loop hydraulic actuator can do things that motors can't do economically and reliably, such as positioning very heavy loads with a 10-micron resolution or better.
What Tech Is Next for Industrial Electric Motors?
Guest Blogs 4/30/2014 10 comments Three-phase squirrel-cage AC induction motors are the workhorses for the industrial market. However, their development is reaching the limits of physics for efficiency. A new technology must be adopted to reach the next levels.
A FIRST Cinderella Story
STEM Connection 4/24/2014 15 comments With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
Composite Rocket Fuel Tank Will Explore Deep Space
Engineering Materials 4/23/2014 8 comments NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
10 Technologies That Make Us Super-Human
Blog 4/22/2014 51 comments Research and other advancements in the realms of robotics, diagnostic and treatment devices, nanotechnology, and medical implants may one day make humans superior versions of their natural selves.
World Demand for Service Robots Still Rising
Blog 4/21/2014 18 comments Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
Blog 4/18/2014 20 comments Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
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