Most students start back to school in late August and early September. But continuing education for engineers starts in early August, when The American Society of Mechanical Engineers offers a series of short courses in the Big Apple. Topics include negotiation skills, strategic planning, and effective communication—all areas that engineers normally don't study in a typical engineering curriculum. Engineers who attend will receive continuing education units. For details, go to www.asme.org or call 800-843-2763.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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.