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.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.