J.D. Power and Assoc. named Volkswagen of America Inc. in Auburn Heights, MI, the most environmentally friendly automaker in its Alternative Powertrain Study. The study includes an automotive environmental index that assesses EPA data with “voice-of-the-customer” information to scrutinize 37 automotive brands relative to a range of environmental factors. The brands are then ranked, and Volkswagen topped the list due to its three low-emission vehicles, the Golf, Jetta and New Beetle.
The J.D. Power study also recognized Volkswagen for its products in the diesel arena, as the automaker is the leading manufacturer of diesel cars in the U.S. with its new Touareg V10 TDI, a turbodiesel SUV that has a particle filter, and the Jetta TDI, which is the auto industry’s top-selling diesel vehicle.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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