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Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
STEM Connection 
4/20/2015  3 comments
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
Blog 
4/20/2015  2 comments
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
The 10 Best Cities to be a Biomedical Engineer
Blog 
4/16/2015  Post a comment
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
IBM Watson Partners with Apple to Enhance Healthcare
Blog 
4/16/2015  2 comments
IBM has announced partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic to leverage the Watson supercomputer for Big Data health analytics.
In-Store Robot Makes Your Glasses While You Wait
Blog 
4/15/2015  1 comment
Tokyo-based eyewear brand, JINS, recently opened its first US-based store this week, selling high-quality, nice-looking, affordable glasses made by a robot while you wait.
13 Ways to Ease Packaging Engineering Tasks
Blog 
4/14/2015  Post a comment
Here are 13 automation game changers seen at the Automate trade show, held in March in Chicago.
What Are Job and Salary Prospects for Robotics Engineers?
Blog 
4/13/2015  10 comments
As National Robotics Week 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look at salary and employment trends for robotics engineers. Although we did find some hints about career growth, there's very little salary information available.
It's Time to Investigate the H-1B Mess
Opinion 
4/13/2015  11 comments
The rancorous annual debate over the H-1B visa program could be definitively resolved if the United States government would commit itself to one difficult act: investigation.
The Latest and Greatest in Healthcare Robotics
Blog 
4/13/2015  2 comments
Worrell Design and Daniel Kraft have teamed up to show you a handy infographic on everything you wanted to know about the latest for robotics in healthcare.
Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
Features 
4/10/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.
Here are 10 Robots You Can Make Yourself
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2015  1 comment
From simple mods to more complex builds, here's a list and instructions for some of our favorite DIY robot projects.
Robotics Week Embraces Autonomous Vehicles
Blog 
4/10/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week adopted a broader definition of robotics Thursday, as it shifted its focus from factory floor robots to autonomous vehicles and drones.
Great Robots from Film and TV
Blog 
4/10/2015  5 comments
To help close out National Robotics Week, we talk you on a walk through images of robots depicted in film and TV over the past six decades.
Robots & Humans Leg it Out For Charity
Blog 
4/10/2015  7 comments
In the robotics field, there’s much discussion about the imminent intersection of humans and robots in daily life. In a glimpse of possible future scenarios, the two will come together for a good cause Sunday, April 12, at the first Robot Race and Human 5K in Cambridge, Mass., to celebrate the end of National Robotics Week.
These 15 Robots Will Weird You Out
Blog 
4/9/2015  7 comments
When it comes to robots, as well as other things, weird is definitely in the eye of the beholder. We've collected 15 of them here, in recognition of National Robotics Week, including a few favorites you may have missed, and a bunch of new ones we want to make sure you see.
Robot Manufacturer, Astronomers Battle Over Lawnmower
Electronics News 
4/9/2015  20 comments
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
DARPA Asks Teens to Determine Future Societal Impact of Robots
STEM Connection 
4/9/2015  1 comment
A STEM contest called Robots4Us, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, asks high school students to create two-to-three-minute videos that focus on what impact robots will have on society in the future, and in particular how they can help us.
Industrial Robots Are Changing the Factory
Blog 
4/8/2015  1 comment
Just in time for National Robotics Week, here's a collection of industrial robots that are changing the very nature of the factory.
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the Robot Block Party
STEM Connection 
4/8/2015  1 comment
igus will celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 at the second-annual Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11, demonstrating its robot-related products and providing robot giveaways to lucky winners.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
Electronics News 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Trading Cards Celebrate Robot ‘All-Stars'
STEM Connection 
4/7/2015  1 comment
The robot trading cards are the result of a brainstorming session in a College of Computing communications meeting at Georgia Tech.
Digitized Manufacturing is the New Wave of Medical Implant Design
Blog 
4/3/2015  6 comments
The use of digital manufacturing technology is benefiting doctors and patients as well as the designers and engineers behind medical implants.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 
4/2/2015  5 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
How to be an Engineer in a State of Emergency
Blog 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
Most everyone thinks they are ready for an emergency or a disaster. Most everyone is wrong. But engineers are a unique position here as both the designers and beneficiaries of emergency preparedness systems.
The 10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
Blog 
4/1/2015  43 comments
From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here's a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  7 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices
Blog 
3/31/2015  3 comments
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
Improved Machine Design Can Help Raise Compliance with Lockout/Tagout Safety Rules
Guest Blogs 
3/31/2015  1 comment
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
Blog 
3/30/2015  22 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
'Spare Parts' Celebrates Immigrant Teens Who Beat MIT in Underwater Robotics Contest
STEM Connection 
3/27/2015  12 comments
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 doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
The 3 Parts of Supplier Risk Management Explained for Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  2 comments
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
Blog 
3/26/2015  Post a comment
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
2014 Salary and Opinion Study
News 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.
Carbon3D Just Solved 3D Printing's Painful Speed Problem
Blog 
3/24/2015  1 comment
3D printing is agonizingly slow, but a new technology inspired by the movie Terminator 2 is going to get additive manufacturing up to speed.
FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones
News 
3/23/2015  10 comments
How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.
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 you’re 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 don’t 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 aren’t 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.
AeroMobil Says it Will Put a Flying Car on the Market in 2 Years
Blog 
3/18/2015  16 comments
Speaking at SXSW Interactive 2015, AeroMobil co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik said his company is looking to bring a flying car to market by 2017 as well as develop a self-flying vehicle.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’
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 isn’t cutting it anymore. That’s 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.
Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning
News 
3/18/2015  Post a comment
An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.
The 9 Most Innovative Technology Startups of SXSW 2015
Blog 
3/17/2015  1 comment
The winners of SXSW 2015's annual Startup Accelerator competition tackle innovation in manufacturing, electronics, entertainment, and even medtech.
XPRIZE's Latest Challenge to Innovators is to Save the Ocean
Blog 
3/16/2015  4 comments
Speaking at SXSW 2015, XPRIZE's Paul Bunje laid out the foundation's latest challenge -- using technology to solve the problems plaguing our oceans.
Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?
Product News 
3/16/2015  Post a comment
A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.
Manufacturers Struggle to Find Trained Tech People
News 
3/13/2015  29 comments
America’s aging manufacturing base may finally be on the rebound, but it still faces an unexpected dilemma -- lack of trained technical people to carry out the work.
Watch Robert Downey Jr. Give a Kid a Real Bionic Arm
Blog 
3/13/2015  4 comments
When 7-year-old Alex got a new prosthetic arm he received a working, 3D-printed bionic arm from Tony Stark himself.
10 Views of Engineering Poster Art
Blog 
3/13/2015  3 comments
Take a look at these engineering posters. Some are funny, while others are sadly true. Page through these posters with pride in your profession.
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