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.
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.