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.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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