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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.