What research does the plastic industry really need? That is the focus of a one-of-a-kind survey being conducted internationally by the Plastics Institute of America (PIA). Survey results should help the plastics industry satisfy any near-term needs to commercialize new concepts by matching industry requirements with appropriate researchers and research facilities. The study follows the publication of a major research project undertaken jointly by PIA and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). Its sponsors call it the most comprehensive directory of plastics education and training programs across the U.S. and Canada. Interested parties can obtain a copy of the new survey by downloading it from the institute's web site (www.eng.uml.edu.Dept/PIA), faxing (978) 459-9420.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.