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.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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