Since 1991, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has been recognizing and rewarding students and their advisors for research and innovations that could lead to patentable inventions. This year, full-time undergraduate and graduate students will compete in separate categories with separate cash prizes. The grand prize of $50,000 (plus $10k to the advisor), along with other cash prizes, will be awarded to the winning student or student team this fall in New York City. Deadline for the competition is June 1. Visit www.invent.org for more information.
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.
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.