Despite rising interest rates and a general sense of wariness about the economy, engineers crowded the aisles at Sensors Expo, held in Rosemont, IL, from June 5-7. The trade show and technical conference drew more than 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, including such electronics' industry giants as Analog Devices, Bosch, Canon, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, and Texas Instruments. Keynote speakers at the event included Robert Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder, and Sebastian Thrun, director of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and chief designer of the university's winning DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.