It's a digital world. But, ironically, there's a shortage of experienced analog design engineers out there. So laments Steve Lyle, Director of Worldwide Staffing for Texas Instruments. "Obviously, it takes an analog signal at the beginning of the design and at the end of the design to make digital work," he says. "And we're having difficulty finding engineers with five to seven years of experience who can walk in and develop high-speed, high-performance analog devices," says Lyle. One reason: Many good analog design engineers are firmly entrenched in their current companies and can't be pried away—even for salaries that are extremely competitive. Currently looking to fill dozens of openings, Lyle sees demand for analog engineers for years to come. "I hope lots of bright students in high school are going to go on to become engineers, preferably analog," he says wishfully.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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