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.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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