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.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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