Prominent designers are among 84 engineers elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Among them: David E. Crow, senior vice president, engineering, Pratt & Whitney, for leadership in the engineering design of high-bypass-ratio gas turbine engines for aircraft; John B. Heywood, mechanical engineering professor and director, Sloan Automotive Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for the prediction of emissions and efficiencies of spark-ignition engines, as well as contributions to national policies on motor emissions; Malcolm MacKinnon III, president, MSCL Inc. for the design of two new classes of Navy nuclear submarines and for development of the Navy's Sealab II undersea habitat; Robert J. Patton, private consultant, R.J. Patton and Associates, for aerodynamics, propulsion, and systems engineering on military aircraft; James E. Turner Jr., president and chief operating officer, General Dynamics Corp., for leading the implementation of innovative engineering and design processes, and establishing a new standard for naval ship design and acquisition; and William . Webster, professor of naval architecture and offshore engineering, University of California, Berkeley, for ship design and stabilization, and for outstanding teaching of naval architecture and ocean engineering.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.