The new Space Technology Center, located in Mountain View, CA at NASA Research Park near the NASA Ames Research Center, opened in February as a consortium of academic, industrial, and government partners. The partnerships will focus on education, workforce development, research, and technology transfer in such fields as energy, information technology, biotechnology, sensors, and wireless communication. Among the courses offered to professional engineers is a graduate-level "Spacecraft Design" course series offered from the Stanford curriculum. For more info, go to http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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