William A. Mittelstadt, a principle engineer for the Department of Energy, has been named the 2003 Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers (www.nspe.org). Mittelstadt is recognized for his impact on national power system development and contribution to research, development, and engineering academia during his 36 years of federal service. In recent years, Mittelstadt developed new planning practices, tools, and testing associated with design/reinforcement/stability of the high voltage transmission system, engineered an economics evaluation of power transmission alternatives, and developed and gained acceptance on the Western states interconnected system operation and planning reliability standards. Mittelstadt is also active in civic and humanitarian activities including mentoring college engineering students.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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