Want to prepare yourself for the future? Master the computer, advises Brent Anderson, Lockheed Martin engineer. And learn how to write and understand computer languages. "More and more engineers are using software packages as tools," he says, and they will have to be customized for individual disciplines and applications.
System design will be more prevalent as software tools start doing a lot of the engineering tasks and jobs in the future, says Anderson. Companies will need an integrator or systems engineer to review software generated, and incorporate specific functions.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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