Web-based discussion groups are growing in popularity among engineers looking for not just information, but informed opinion to go along with it. The Fluid Power Society hosts one of the more lively discussion boards on fluid power that we've found on the web. Check out http://admin.ifps.org/wwwboard.html, where you'll find recent postings on ASME training, a hydraulic-powered bush hog, and biodegradable hydraulic oil, to name just a few topics covered.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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.