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Content posted in July 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.




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