With the nomination process well underway, we have received some great nominations for this year's Rising Engineering Star award.
Like last year, we are depending on you to tell us about engineers who are making big moves and influencing the design engineering community. Our nominees will appear online and in our January 2014 print issue. The top innovator, chosen by Design News editors and our esteemed Advisory Board, will be announced during a live ceremony at the MD&M West show in February in Anaheim, Calif.
Last year, we saw nominees who were creating robotic hands, interactive displays, human-like bipedal walking robots, and wireless battery-operated mesh networks. We even had a world-recognized expert in the field of lightweight composites in the mix. Last year's winner, Punya Prakash, an applications engineer innovating home and building automation, impressed us all with her leadership skills and community involvement.
We are extending the deadline for nominations through November 15, so be sure to tell us about an engineer who is ahead of the trends and really making big moves in the industry. We want to give them the recognition that they deserve.
Thank you for your perspective, nyeng. It's not one we hear often from our readers and it is good to hear this perspective from the corporate engineering trenches. It's unfortunate that you aren't enjoying your experience and I hope things change or perhaps you find a better job or career path.
You are so missing the point. Your career is YOUR responsibility. Go out and find a new job. You are stuck in Dilbertville. There are many great companies out there that cherish and reward their employees. You found one that does not. Now go trade those first few years if experience in for a good job at a flourishing company instead if pouting at a floundering one! Your happiness at work is under tour control--THAT'S why you got that Masters degree! Good luck!!
You're right about young, bright engineering minds out there, Elizabeth. One of them is our current teanage Gadget Freak. Also, I believe new technology will draw a greater number of young people into engineering. We're seeing a lot of flash in robotics, automotive, manufacturing, and consumer electronics that is likely to grab the imagination of a new generation.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.