You may be familiar with Design News’s highly successful, award-winning Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key. In 2013, the second year of the program, we produced 120 online classes, which were attended by more than 9,000 design engineers (yup, you read that right -- more than 9,000 people took these classes last year).
There’s no question we will continue this program through 2014, but with an added wrinkle -- actually significantly more than a wrinkle. The IEEE considers the quality of these classes to be so high that it is awarding Professional Development Hours to students who take (and actively participate in) Design News’s Continuing Education Center classes.
You can start earning your hours next Monday, Jan. 13, while learning how to develop apps for embedded Android applications. Future classes cover topics like wireless test methods, embedded Linux, designing with FPGAs, choosing the right MCU for your design, and so on.
The schedule is pretty solid through the first half of the year, but we’re still exploring topics beyond that. So if there’s something you have a need to learn, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can organize a class around it.
Many if not most of the PEs in practice do need PDH each year to renew their licenses including me. While it would be nice to aim at the Industrial Engineering factory guys as well as the parts and software guys, the ability to receive PDH throughout the year makes meeting the licensing requiement fairly easy. Maybe I'll learn something in areas outside of the NEC.
Excellent Information Richard. I can certainly agree that my time spent on Design News Daily represents a great learning tool. There have been numerous articles posted that have aided my efforts in finding new vendors and new ways to solve engineering problems. It's a marvelous method of keeping up with technology. IEEE should definitely be commended for their efforts in presenting these classes.
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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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.