One of the most famous engineers in American politics may in fact not be an engineer at all. It depends on how you define it. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946, former President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) then spent two years on surface ships before becoming a submarine officer. In that role, he studied the use of atomic power for ship propulsion, generation of electric power, and scientific research. Carter received a Bachelor of Science from the Naval Academy, which confirmed that although students took many traditional engineering courses, at the time they did not receive an actual degree in a specific engineering discipline.
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.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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