I’ve been on the road since last Sunday, interviewing for potential job opportunities as I contemplate my transition out of graduate school and into the “real world”. I am a candidate for academic jobs, industry positions, and public service. By the time this trip is finished, I will have interviewed with at least one of each type of organization.
Tonight I am in Albuquerque, NM visiting Sandia National Lab. Sandia is well-known for its research in solar power and distributed energy. Entering Kirtland Airforce Base, where Sandia is located, I drove past an enormous solar testing facility. Based on the test set-ups I saw, I suspect researchers are comparing performance of several different kinds of solar panels under the same environmental conditions.
When my trip is concluded (and my Internet stays connected for longer than 2 minutes), I will provide a broader report on the interesting technology developments I saw at Sandia.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
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