The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software will convene its 2005 meeting April 14 in Scottsdale, AZ. This annual gathering of software industry experts from the user and supplier world consists of several panel/workgroup discussions and general presentations and keynotes, and covers a variety of topics vital to the engineering field, such 3D CAD and PLM (product lifecycle management). It runs through April 17. See www.cofes.com for details.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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.