What a find? Search Engineer
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more than 3,000 sites, including OEM manufacturers, associations, consultants,
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Hungry for some learnin'?
No more sitting in a huge lecture hall or running across campus for your next class. Many colleges and universities are now offering courses in engineering from the comfort of your own home or office. And one place to find a comprehensive listing of online courses is Hungry Mind (www.hungryminds.com ). Choose from the fields of aerospace engineering, engineering software, engineering statistics, material science, mechanical engineering, or courses like Engineering Economy or Engineering Management Control Systems. In most cases there are tuition fees and books to purchase, but the Hungry Minds site does offer some free courses, a listing of experts in a variety of fields, and a comprehensive directory of quick courses.
Pining for patent information?
Download digital patents; conduct full-text and front-page research of patents in the U.S., Europe and Japan; download the free PatentImages®Viewer software to view, print, and file patents; or receive free USPTO Official gazette notices at MicroPatent, www.micropat.com . To use the site, you must open a $50 non-refundable account from which the cost of the service is deducted. Monthly usage statements are sent via e-mail and you don't have to cancel an account, just stop using the site. Also listed are the greatest technological innovators of the century, patent family look ups, and job listings.
Salivating for seals?
Apple Rubber Products introduced a new interactive seal design guide found at www.applerubber.com. Fill out a one-time registration form and use is free. There are 14 sections, including formulas for determining maximum and minimum O-ring cross section, maximum O-ring volume, 15 basic rules for engineers working with seals, basic concepts of O-ring design, critical operating environmental factors, and material selection.
Ravenous for rockets?
Look for live video feeds to Ariane rocket launches, a photo gallery, and a news feed at the new Arianespace web site. Head on over to www.arianespace.com to get your updates on the launch schedule or sign up for a monthly e-mail newsletter, e-space.