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."
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.