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.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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