It wasn't easy choosing an Engineer of the year considering we had a strong and diverse field of candidates. Dirak's Dieter Ramsauer, an extraordinary engineer and toolmaker, is the Barry Bonds of metal fastening and related patents. Design Engineer Martin Fisher performs great work in Africa, the world's most challenging continent. Electrical Engineer Michael Dhuey co-developed the iPod and revived Cisco's novel video teleconferencing product known as TelePresence.
By all measures, any one of these three and perhaps thousands of others could qualify as Engineer of the Year, but, alas, we went with Boeing 787 Chief Project Engineer Tom Cogan. Given the scale of the 787 project, the plane's mindshare in 2007 and the fact that the aircraft's development touches all of DN's coverage area, we went with Cogan. He is a passionate aeronautical engineer and anyone aspiring to be an engineering manager overseeing a huge project should read our story about him on page 46. As one of his colleagues says, Cogan's job involves “engineering, marketing and a little bit of sales.”
Breaking with tradition this year, we also produced profiles of our three finalists. They start on page 51. The final four were narrowed down from a field of 11. We appreciate everyone who voted online for our original 11 candidates. In thinking about engineers deserving of recognition in Design News, I wonder if we should have 12 finalists, one featured each month in Design News and on our website. Call it Engineer of the Month. Then, we'd select our Engineer of the Year from that group. So instead of making it a yearly event, it would be ongoing, capturing more mindshare and looking more in depth at deserving engineers and recognizing them.
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Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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