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Engineers Are Happy in Role as Non-Managers
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5/24/2012  17 comments
Our LinkedIn systems and product design engineering group discusses if they are happy with their decision of remaining a technical contributor instead of becoming a manager.
Download Your Free Design News iPad App
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4/25/2012  16 comments
Design News has launched its first Apple iPad app, and we want to give it to you for free.
Reader Caption Contest: Old Time Factory Floor
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4/19/2012  79 comments
Design News readers are asked to submit their captions for a cartoon, as part of our monthly reader caption contest.
EV Like It's 1910 Again
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4/17/2012  32 comments
Will the electric vehicle survive its current round of technological success?
Should Washington Support Manufacturing?
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3/20/2012  25 comments
Our LinkedIn group has varying opinions on government support for US manufacturing technology.
Rebuilding Manufacturing: Readers Say Reduce Regulations
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3/14/2012  33 comments
New innovations in technology are everywhere, but where should the support come from?
MEMS Is the Word
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2/7/2012  12 comments
Our Sensors in Design summit focuses on emerging applications.
Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
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2/1/2012  46 comments
The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.
CES: Mercedes Foresees Progress in Batteries, Composites
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1/12/2012  16 comments
While Mercedes-Benz and Daimler talk up their new mbrace2 in-car telematics platform, serious alternative-vehicle research is going on in automotive batteries and composites.
'KISS' Among Engineers' Top 2012 Concerns
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1/9/2012  42 comments
As we enter 2012, it seems that the design engineering audience is noticing that jobs are becoming encumbered by lots of stuff that may not result in better end products.
2012 Will Be Year of the Engineer
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1/4/2012  45 comments
Designers will no longer be the Rodney Dangerfield of the tech world.
What's the Toughest Challenge of the Year?
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12/9/2011  19 comments
From the rise of the digital factory to energy efficiency, four trends are roiling the design and industrial space.
Jobs Still Engineers' Top 2011 Concern
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12/5/2011  16 comments
Design engineers know as well as anyone that tough times mean that only the toughest and most capable technical folks survive and thrive.
Would You Buy a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt?
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11/2/2011  59 comments
We asked members of Design News's Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn whether they're ready to embrace electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News October Digital Issue
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10/19/2011  Post a comment
The October 2011 digital issue of Design News is available for free download, with content on automation and control, CAD, materials and assembly, and RFID.
Innovation Spurs Aerospace's Next Generation
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10/14/2011  8 comments
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner isn’t a new airplane so much as an entirely new platform.
Why Did You Become an Engineer?
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10/7/2011  30 comments
Design News asked participants in the LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group why they became engineers.
How Should Engineers Respond to Tepid US Manufacturing Report?
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10/5/2011  14 comments
What do we make of new Commerce Department figures that say US capital equipment sales increased in August by the most in three months?
Hot Off the Presses: Design News September Digital Issue
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9/14/2011  Post a comment
Download the free e-magazine and PDF versions of the September issue of Design News.
Amazon's Bezos Patenting 'Blue Origin' Spacecraft
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9/13/2011  10 comments
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is building a commercial spacecraft via his Blue Origin company.
Survey Results: Do You Use Energy Efficient Motors & Drives?
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9/9/2011  7 comments
Our survey on energy efficient motors and drives.
Discussion: What's Changed Most in the Design Engineering Profession?
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9/2/2011  2 comments
Design News asks: What's changed most about the design engineering profession in the past decade?
Road to ESC Boston: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Teardown
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8/16/2011  2 comments
Here's a Samsung Galaxy Tablet teardown video, as a teaser for ESC Boston, which is coming to the Hynes Convention Center, September 26 through 29.
Shape-Shifting Materials Are Packages of Future
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8/15/2011  14 comments
Intel is developing transparent silicon dioxide hemispheres that can shift their shapes under control of electric currents.
What Makes a Great Engineering Manager?
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8/5/2011  12 comments
How do you define great technical leaders?
National Updates LabVIEW in Shift Toward System Design
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8/3/2011  2 comments
National Instruments updated its graphical programming language at NIWeek, introducting LabVIEW 2011.
How Do We Engineer Autos for 54.5 MPG?
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7/29/2011  123 comments
Lighter automotive materials and hybrid engines are two engineering approaches towards meeting the Obama administration's goal of 54.5 mpg CAFE standards for automakers by 2025.
Salary Survey Says You Make $93,465
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7/26/2011  8 comments
The results of Design News annual salary survey are in and they say design engineers received their first increase in average base salary in two years.
Gates Tags Toilet as Top Tech Challenge
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7/20/2011  10 comments
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is challenging the engineering community to develop innovative toilets that can neutralize or extract energy from human waste.
Heard on the Automation & Control Beat
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7/18/2011  6 comments
July 18 edition of weekly news roundup from the world of engineering automation and control.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News July Digital Issue
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7/15/2011  6 comments
Design News's July issue is available in digital form, as an online e-magazine or a downloadable pdf.
Are You an Interdisciplinary Engineer?
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7/13/2011  9 comments
Are specialist designers on the wane, being replaced by generalists who can work comfortably across the boundaries of hardware, software, and embedded?
Automation & Control Getting iPhone App Enabled
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7/11/2011  9 comments
Programmable logic controllers are beginning to connect beyond the confines of the factory floor, via iPhone Apps that display status data or even control PLCs directly via the over-the-air commands.
Siemens Issues SIMATIC Security Advisory
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7/7/2011  6 comments
Siemens has issued a warning about a potential hacker entry point in its SIMATIC S7 family of programmable logic controllers, along with recommendations for protective security measures.
Will US Manufacturing Rebound Continue?
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7/5/2011  8 comments
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector rose in June, according to the Institute for Supply Management.
Siemens Surging Into Services
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6/30/2011  8 comments
Siemens's new Customer Service Division will enable it to reap the rewards of lucrative consulting and engineering services revenue streams.
Siemens Instrumentation Hits the Road
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6/29/2011  3 comments
Siemens is taking its instrumentation and process technology on the road in a 53-foot tractor-trailer that'll tour the US.
Why Isn't Embedded Design More Innovative?
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6/28/2011  4 comments
We asked the Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn what needs to change with embedded systems for real innovation to occur.
Has Nissan Leaf Set Electric Car Paradigm?
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6/27/2011  5 comments
As all-electrics gain ground, the flood of drive-train component suppliers entering the market could resemble that of the early days of the auto industry.
Do Tough Employer Words Presage Better Engineering Employment?
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6/24/2011  33 comments
Siemens says there's a war for talent out there and they've got 3,000 highly skilled jobs to fill.
Welcome to the New Design News Community
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6/23/2011  22 comments
Our elegant redesign belies our underlying purpose–it's all about enabling you to interact with your peers and our editors.
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