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Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
Blog 
5/6/2016  Post a comment
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
Offshore Power ... It's Not Just for Oil Rigs Anymore
Blog 
5/5/2016  1 comment
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
Blog 
5/3/2016  3 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
Blog 
5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
Consortium to Design, Build Integrated Photovoltaic Windows
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
Harvesting Energy from Swaying Buildings
Blog 
4/29/2016  3 comments
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
Blog 
4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Microbial Battery Eyed as Viable Storage for Renewables
Blog 
4/27/2016  1 comment
Researchers in The Netherlands have developed a microbial-based battery they said could provide environmentally friendly and cost-effective storage for renewable energy.
Prince: Legendary Musician, Advocate of STEM
STEM Connection 
4/26/2016  5 comments
In the wake of the legendary musician's death, information is coming forward that Prince was an advocate of green technology and was a major backer behind an organization that teaches underprivileged children how to code.
Researchers Tap Wood, Not Glass, for Solar Panels
Blog 
4/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers in Sweden have developed a way to use wood as the transparent material in solar panels.
10 of the Worst Environmental Disasters in Engineering History
Blog 
4/22/2016  28 comments
Earth Day was founded to raise environmental awareness after an oil spill. Poor engineering has lead to some of the most devastating environmental disasters in the world. To that end, we take a look at 10 of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history.
5 New Green Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
Blog 
4/21/2016  2 comments
Green is the new black. In preparation for Earth Day we take a look at the latest green technologies set to have a big impact in the coming years.
DoE Level VI: Getting Your Measurement Technique Right
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
The new US Department of Energy Level VI standard for External Power Supplies leaves little room for error. Knowing what makes a difference will help you make proper and accurate measurements.
Photosynthesis Inspires New Method for Renewable Energy Storage
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Canada have made a breakthrough in the chemical process of storing energy, paving the way for more viable options for storing alternative energy sources on a larger scale.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
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4/19/2016  Post a comment
Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
Blog 
4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
Researchers Turn to Rotten Tomatoes for Biofuel
Blog 
4/11/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has developed a way to turn tomato waste into a new type of biofuel.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  4 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
Blog 
4/4/2016  7 comments
The Department of Energy has come up with a new design for gigantic wind-turbine blades (longer than two football fields) for harvesting offshore wind energy.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
Automotive News 
3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Labs Across the US Open to Students for 'National Week at the Labs'
STEM Connection 
3/10/2016  1 comment
The White House recently hosted National Week at the Labs to open up laboratories all over the US to students to encourage their interest in STEM.
Desert-Inspired Materials Harvest Water From the Air
Blog 
3/9/2016  1 comment
Harvard University researchers have drawn inspiration from desert-dwelling plants and insects to develop materials that can harvest water droplets from thin air.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
Readers Respond to Bernie Sanders' Energy Plan
Blog 
3/2/2016  40 comments
Our recent article on the viability of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ energy plan showed a sharp split in the beliefs of Design News readers.
Engineering Degrees
Quick Poll 
3/1/2016  15 comments
Where Do the 2016 Candidates Stand on Technology and Energy?
Blog 
3/1/2016  11 comments
We've created a roundup to help you understand where all the Democratic, Republican, and Third-Party Presidential candidates still running stand on issues related to science, technology, energy, and oil.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
Blog 
2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
Blog 
2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
Graphene Composite Coating Can Keep Wings Ice-Free
Engineering Materials 
2/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a composite coating they say could keep airplane wings free of ice. So far, it's made the ice on a helicopter blade melt, even at -4F. Better yet, the graphene it contains in tiny amounts isn't insanely expensive to produce.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
Blog 
2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
Blog 
2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
Blog 
2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
Blog 
2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
Blog 
2/23/2016  8 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
Blog 
2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Why Engineering Is in My DNA
Blog 
2/22/2016  2 comments
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this first installment, contributing writer Don Wilcher reveals why writing about and teaching engineering are so important.
Turn the 'TIDE' in Your Understanding of Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
Blog 
2/22/2016  1 comment
The convergence of manufacturing with the front-office, enabled by connectivity, is going to create the Totally Integrated Digital Enterprise, or TIDE. Sensorization at the plant floor and on edge devices in manufacturing is leading to radical changes in industrial automation. How will you deal?
CD-adapco Focuses on ‘Speed’ of Machine Design Iteration Process in New Release
Blog 
2/21/2016  1 comment
The CAE software maker's latest version of the Speed machine design package integrates better with the company's machine analysis tool -- just before being acquired by Siemens.
What Do You Think of Bernie Sanders’ Energy Plan?
Electronics News 
2/18/2016  152 comments
Much has been made of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ promises of subsidized college and health care, but there’s more to his platform than that. His plan for the future of US energy is such a departure from the status quo that it should be of interest to every engineer.
Don't Forget 3 Metrics If You Want to Avoid Unreliable Product Designs
Blog 
2/16/2016  1 comment
To ensure the design of a reliable product, it is imperative that reliability metrics are used early in the design process and continue to be used regularly throughout the product lifecycle.
Readers Tell All: 'Why I Became an Engineer'
Blog 
2/15/2016  4 comments
Recently, we asked our readers to tell us, in detail, why they chose to become an engineer. Here are their stories.
Who Is the Messiest Engineer of All?
Blog 
2/12/2016  18 comments
Back in January we asked our readers to send us photos of their desks and workbenches – and they delivered.
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