Electronics Trend Watch 2007 - 2008 Editor's Letter Tom Watson, one of the top engineers behind Ford Motor Co.'s Escape hybrid, has a word of advice for prospective designers: mechatronics. Watson, Design News' Engineer of the Year in 2006, says a blend of mechanical and electronic knowledge is going to be important for future powertrain engineers. Full Story
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