Operation Shield America is a new program announced by Customs Service that seeks identification of technology, components, and products that could be on a "shopping list for terrorist organizations." The agency's media spokesperson Jim Michie says that engineers could help the Customs Service by adding to the classified list of more than 100 items. "We're asking for help identifying what should be on this list," says Michie. "The other thing we want to know is who is buying products that could potentially be dangerous in the wrong hands." The Customs Service is asking manufacturers to turn over the names of any suspicious customers. The State and Commerce Department already have defined lists of controlled exports. However, Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner indicated that the items on the Customs list differed. Although Bonner did not release the shopping list, he did describe items on it: high-tech devices used for producing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and low-tech items that help terrorists evade detection and capture. Bonner clarified that he did not want companies to investigate, but rather to just contact the agency. Contact the U.S. Customs Service at (202) 927-8727 or visit www.ustreas.gov/treasury/bureaus/customs.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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