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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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