Job seekers probably have a better chance of hitting the lottery than getting hired at General Motors anytime soon. While that's the case for many OEMs, GM's Tom Thivierge, director of talent acquisition, tells us that resume activity at the automaker has doubled in the past year. "We're getting about 350,000 resumes every six months," says Thivierge, who seems remarkably calm for someone who has got to be up to his ears in paper. "GM is becoming a company of choice," he says. Though Thivierge says that the caliber of current job applicants is outstanding, GM will hire only about 1,000 employees in the coming year. A graduate with an engineering degree who makes the cut (those with a GPA of 3.8 or better out of 4.0) will start near $52k. They'll also pocket a signing bonus of $2 to $3k.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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