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.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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