Robert J. Eaton, chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corp., on July 1 becomes chairman, too, of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). A mechanical engineer, Eaton has held corporate positions in various areas of Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and General Motors--including engineering, manufacturing, product planning, and quality and reliability. He has been a member of NAE since 1989 and has served on NAE's Industry Advisory Board since 1994. What does Eaton plan to do in his two-year term as NAE chairman? His primary goal, he says, will be to draw attention to the national need for well-trained engineers, both at the college level and through K-12 programs. "Students are lacking in technical literacy," he explains. "This country cannot afford to overlook this problem any longer, especially as our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology."
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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