In my Jan. 7 column for the print DN, I mentioned Hoover (mining) and Grant as the only presidents who were engineers. And Grant was a maybe. Well, as several readers pointed out, I omitted one right under my nose - Jimmy Carter, a nuclear engineer. Someone also mentioned Eisenhower given that West point grads often earn engineering degrees. After all, the Military Academy has a very strong civil, mechanical, electrical, systems and civil engineering programs supplemented by equally strong science and mathematics programs. Ditto for the Naval Academy. Carter attended the Naval Academy and Eisenhower and Grant the Military Academy.
Determining the specific degrees that Grant and Eisenhower earned is not easy. But I have queries into the Eisenhower Museum. Grant is bit more difficult, but I have the same question into his home page.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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