The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is taking place May 9-15 in Portland, OR, with 1,200 high school students from 40 countries competing for $3 million in awards and scholarships. But more than 1,000 volunteer judges from colleges and universities, private sectors, and government agencies are needed to work with students and evaluate exhibits. Judges must have a Ph.D. or six years of experience in a field equivalent to that being judged. To volunteer, go to www.intelisef2004.org.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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