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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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.