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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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