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.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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.